Apologising for telling the truth

An Indian minister is being forced to apologise for telling the truth:

A court case has been filed against a senior Indian minister for his remark that wives lose their appeal with age.

Non-governmental organisation Lakshya has accused Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal of making obscene and defamatory remarks.

Mr Jaiswal has apologised for the comments he made at a poetry meeting.

He said he had been quoted out of context and that he was joking when he made the remarks. He said he did “not want to insult women”.

Petitioner Anita Dua of Lakshya, an organisation based in the northern city of Kanpur where Mr Jaiswal made the comment, lodged her complaint in the court of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate NK Pandey on Wednesday.

Her lawyer said they had submitted a recording of Mr Jaiswal’s comments to the magistrate and that Ms Dua has been asked to appear in court on 8 October.

Several women’s groups in India have expressed outrage and said Mr Jaiswal’s comments were “very unfortunate”.

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