Union Minister Kaushal Kishore blames live-in relations after Delhi fridge murder

'Educated girls should not be allowed into life': Union minister after Delhi murder

Aftab Poonawala had killed his live-in partner Shraddha Walkar after a domestic quarrel

New Delhi:

The gruesome murder of a woman by her live-in partner in Delhi has sparked highly controversial comments from a union minister. Union Minister Kaushal Kishore’s comments blaming “educated girls” who leave their parents and opt for live-in relationships has been sharply criticized by Shiv Sena’s Priyanka Chaturvedi, who demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi sack him.

Mr Kishor claimed that live-in relationships lead to crime and said “These incidents happen to all those girls who are well educated and think they are very open and have the ability to make decisions about their future”.

“Why do they live in live-in relationships? If they have to do that, there must be proper registration for live-in relationships. If parents are not publicly prepared for such relationships, you have to have a court marriage and then live together,” he told “News18 while referring to Shradha Walkar murder case.

“The girls should pay close attention to why they are doing this. Educated girls are responsible because both the father and mother have refused the relationship. Educated girls should not engage in such relationships,” he added.

His comments infuriated Priyanka Chaturvedi.

“Amazed he didn’t say girls are responsible for being born in this country. The shameless, heartless and cruel, blame-the-woman-for-all-problems mentality continues to thrive,” the Sena MP tweeted .

“If @PMOIndia really means what he says about female Shakti then he should fire this Union minister immediately. We women are tired of carrying the burden of such patriarchal nonsense in society,” she added in a other tweet.

Aftab Poonawala had killed his live-in partner Shraddha Walkar after a domestic quarrel. He then dismembered the body and stored the pieces in a 300-litre refrigerator at their home in Mehrauli in South Delhi for nearly three weeks.

He later removed the pieces in parts of the capital. Walker’s father was against the interfaith relationship.

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