Bihar IAS officer apologises for her 'condom', 'sanitary pad' remarks
Patna, September 29, 2022
Senior IAS officer and Bihar Women and Children Development Corporation Managing Director Harjot Kaur Bamhrah, who had stirred up a controversy with her snide and abrasive responses to school girls in a public event here, on Thursday apologised for her remarks.
In a letter, Bamhrah explained the utility of the "Shashakt Beti Samridh Bihar" event and apologised to the girl students. "If any girl was feeling hurt over my statements, I apologise to them."
Earlier in the day, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar took cognisance of the matter and said that he will look into it and take action.
At the event, when a student asked Bamhrah that when the government is providing school dress, scholarship, bicycles and many other facilities to students, could it not provide sanitary pads for Rs 20 or Rs 30 to girl students - drawing applause, the official hit out, saying that people are clapping over the question but these are endless demands.
"Today, the government would provide you with sanitary pads for Rs 20 to Rs 30. Then you will ask for jeans, pants and then, beautiful shoes," she said but did not stop there.
"When it comes to family planning, will the government give condoms (Nirodh) to you? Why would I have a habit of taking everything free from the government? What is the need of it?"
At that, the student said the government comes to them to seek their votes. Bamhrah angrily replied that "this is the height of stupidity. You don't vote and go to Pakistan. You are giving a vote to take money and facilities from the government."
To that, the student responded that she is an Indian and why would she go to Pakistan.
"The government is providing facilities from the money of taxpayers. If taxpayers are paying taxes to the government, why would they not demand for the services?" she asked.
Another girl student said there was problem in toilets for girls in the school, saying that the boys also enter the girls' toilet and make them uncomfortable.
At this, Bamhrah asked if every student present in the hall has separate toilets for themselves at home, leaving many in the audience surprised.