Wednesday 21 November, 2018

Young: PNM sari drama just ‘a bit of fun’

Photo: A woman wears a yellow sari in a PNM family day skit on August 12, 2018. The sari is ripped away to reveal a PNM t-shirt underneath. Some have called the skit insulting.

Photo: A woman wears a yellow sari in a PNM family day skit on August 12, 2018. The sari is ripped away to reveal a PNM t-shirt underneath. Some have called the skit insulting.

Communications Minister Stuart Young said a skit involving a woman wearing a yellow sari which was ripped off during a PNM family day over the weekend was only a ‘bit of fun’.

Speaking to media on Monday, the National Security Minister emphasised that inclusivity and equality are valued in the PNM and that ‘every creed and race finds an equal place’.

 

He also slammed former transport minister Devant Maharaj as a man ‘with a lot of time on his hands’ and questioned his credibility.

Mr Maharaj seems to have a lot of time on his hands and spends his time writing a lot of letters all over the place…he has no credibility.”

“There is absolutely no racial or religious hatred in the People’s National Movement (PNM), if you look right now at what is representative of the PNM, you may not have seen that before. That yesterday was a bit of fun taking place.”

“We’ll continue to say and we live it in the People’s National Movement every creed and race finds an equal place in the People’s National Movement and may God continue to bless our nation,” he said.

Maharaj said he has written to the Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC) after a skit which took place at a PNM family day on Sunday, in which a woman wearing a yellow sari was made to unravel it by two people referred to as 'PNM Guerillas', revealing a PNM t-shirt underneath.

Maharaj said the scene was reminiscent of the tale of Draupadi from the Mahabharata, where she was forced to unravel her sari before her enemies. However she prayed to Lord Krishna and her sari continued to unravel without end, causing her oppressor to stop out of exhaustion. 

Maharaj called on the EOC to examine possible breaches of the Equal Opportunities Act, namely Section 7 (1) and (2)

  1. (1) A person shall not otherwise than in private, do  any act which—

(a) is reasonably likely, in all the circumstances, to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate another person or a group of persons;

(b) is done because of the gender, race, ethnicity, origin or religion of the other person or of some or all of the persons in the group; and

(c) which is done with the intention of inciting gender, racial or religious hatred.

(2) For the purposes of subsection (1), an act is taken not to be done in private if it—

(a) causes words, sounds, images or writing to be communicated to the public;

(b) is done in a public place;

(c) is done in the sight and hearing of persons who are in a public place.

Secretary general of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Saba, Sat Maharaj, said to media however that he had no opposition to the skit and did not find it insulting. 

 

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