Monday 24 September, 2018

Young apologises to Hindu community for sari skit: It was insensitive

National Security Minister Stuart Young has issued an apology to the Hindu community over a recent skit at a family day last Sunday, saying he has since learned of the religious significance and admits the portrayal was disrespectful. 

In a statement issued via social media on Sunday, the Minister of Communication offered his sincere apologies for saying it was a 'little bit of fun'.

"The Political Leader of the People’s National Movement and Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago has apologized for the recent skit performed by a Constituency at the PNM Family and Sports Day and its negative effects."

"I would like to apologise to the Hindu community for the insensitivity of the skit, which I was completely unaware had serious religious connotations and was disrespectful to the Hindu community. I admit that I am not versed in Hindu scripture and I was not aware of the story of the Draupadi from the Mahabharata."

"I hereby offer my sincere and unreserved apology to any and all who were offended by the said skit, in particular to the Hindu community, and also for my description of the skit as a “little bit of fun” when confronted at a media conference the day after the skit was performed."

"I have never and will never condone or accept any act of violence to women or children nor do I see race and religious differences as negative issues. I truly believe that every creed and race should find an equal place in Trinidad and Tobago," he said. 

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley also issued an apology to the Hindu community during a PNM meeting held in Arima on Saturday night, saying that more education is needed on these matters. 

 

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