On Friday, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar woke up to the fact that women in the country consume alcohol. What's more, he's even afraid of the situation.
Speaking at the first edition of the State Youth Parliament organised by the Legislature Secretariat in Povorim, Parrikar said, "I have begun to fear now, because even the girls have started drinking beer... the tolerance limit is being crossed. Not all of them. I am not talking about this crowd (referring to the audience)."
Many on social media have since called out the Goa CM for his biased remark, questioning him on what gender has got to do with drinking if an individual is an adult and drinks responsibly.
Ha ha! @manoharparrikar is terrified of women drinking beer. @MVenkaiahNaidu terrified of a woman laughing at his Supreme Leader. Prepare to continue to be scared - women won't stop laughing, partying! https://t.co/AYcAhtzTn1— Kavita Krishnan (@kavita_krishnan) February 10, 2018
So pracharaks have gender bias in this field too.— Sushmita Dev (@sushmitadevmp) February 10, 2018
Girls have redefined gender roles by flying a plane , joining the armed forces, climbing the mountains, reaching the space. Winning more medals in olympics. @manoharparrikar ji think before you speak. https://t.co/YPCSBZAtzH
A woman drinking or a woman laughing gives nightmares to BJP. Any woman asserting her free will and autonomy should be celebrated not coerced. https://t.co/5X0zOwa21b— Kawalpreet Kaur (@kawalpreetdu) February 10, 2018
Would single malt be alright?https://t.co/zN3gJOY6bQ— Happymon Jacob (@HappymonJacob) February 10, 2018
“I have begun to fear now, because even the girls have started drinking beer.”— Rituparna Chatterjee (@MasalaBai) February 10, 2018
UGH totally agree. Stick with whiskey, ladies. Lesser calories. https://t.co/qxBGuEmSXN
Surprising comment from Mr. parrikar , females used to consume alcohol in Goa even 30 years ago and no one even batted a eyelid - https://t.co/zItVMmOh9w— Ashwin S (@Ashwin___S) February 10, 2018
Another improvement in Ease of preaching misogyny index for the govt https://t.co/CWZibMzwNl— Roshan Kishore (@Roshanjnu) February 10, 2018
Even girls are drinking beer. Tolerance limit is being crossed: Goa CM Manohar Parrikar https://t.co/PyPalNSIwc just went 50 years back.The rusty gates on the minds of such sexists need to opened.— Sidhaant Gupta (@sidhaant8) February 10, 2018
What a big reason to worry... Mr. Parrikar has no problem with #Doklam No issue on #RafaleScam— Awara (@aawara_aatma) February 10, 2018
Not worried on matter of people welfare. What bothers him that How an adult girl consume beer...!! How dare she.. is it bothering you Sir?
India's former defence minister is "scared" because "even girls are now drinking beer". https://t.co/xJ41mnXQfL— Saikat Datta (@saikatd) February 10, 2018
Women have also been posting pictures of them drinking beer or even just images of beer bottles with the hashtag #GirlsWhoDrinkBeer. Just so there's visual proof of this stunningly new phenomenon (not).
To Sir, With Love.— Nishtha Gautam (@TedhiLakeer) February 10, 2018
Cheers from Goa, Mr Parrikar! #GirlsWhoDrinkBeer
C’mon good ladies, let’s make this weekend worth it. Use the hashtag and share your beer pics on my timeline.
The one with the best pic, your beer is on me. pic.twitter.com/6AX3jejIIV
Many also tried to defend the Goa CM, saying drinking should not be encouraged at all, clearly missing the point of the argument.
At the event, Parrikar, an IIT-Mumbai alumnus, also said that the use of drugs in educational institutions is not a new phenomenon.
"When I went to IIT, there was a small group which was into smoking ganja. So it is not today's phenomenon," he said, adding that a small section of students was also obsessed with pornography.
He said the government has launched a crackdown on the drug trade in Goa but added that he did not believe the narcotics menace had proliferated educational institutions.
"There is also a crackdown on the network and this will continue till drugs are out of sight. I have no belief that it will come down to zero. I personally do not believe that there is much proliferation in colleges...
"On August 13 (2017), after that more than 170 people were arrested for drug peddling, I gave directions. As per our law, if there is a small quantity, a person gets bailed out in eight to 15 days or a month. Our courts have also become lenient... but at least the guilty are caught," the Chief Minister said.
With IANS inputs