Union Minister's Spin On Justice, "If A Hand Touches A Hindu Girl..."

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Union Minister's Spin On Justice, "If A Hand Touches A Hindu Girl..." 

New Delhi: Ananth Kumar Hegde the Union Minister who is known for his controversial remarks on sensitive issues, has waded into the territory of wild theories on Sunday with comments from who built the Taj Mahal to how to keep "Hindu girls" safe.

Mr Hegde said, "We have to rethink about priorities of our society. We shouldn't think of caste. If a Hindu girl is touched by a hand, then that hand should not exist," at a public event in Karnataka's Kodagu district.

Mr Hegde has earlier also made controversial comments on sensitive issues. The Union Minister, on January 2 had termed the Kerala government's handling of the Sabarimala row as the "daylight rape" of Hindus, crossing yet another dubious milestone in a political career studded with controversies.

On Sunday, the union minister while standing in front of a large crowd on a podium, continued: "Taj Mahal was not built by Muslims. It's definitely not built by Muslims, the history speaks for it. Shah Jahan in his autobiography has said he bought this palace from King Jayasimha. It's a Shiv mandir built by King Paramatheertha, Tejo Mahalaya. Tejo Mahalaya became Taj Mahal. If we keep sleeping, most of our houses also will be named manzil. In future, Lord Ram will be called jahanpana and Sita will become bibi."

His comments were slammed as "deplorable" by Dinesh Gundu Rao, the President of Karnataka. Mr Rao tweeted,  "What are ur achievements after becoming a Union Minister or as MP? Wht are ur contributions for Karnataka's development? All I can say for sure, it's deplorable tht such people have become ministers & have managed to get elected as MP's."

Previously, Mr Hegde had described Dalit protesters who waylaid his convoy en route to a job fair in Karnataka's Ballari as "dogs barking on the road".  He had also compared the opposition to "crows, monkeys, foxes and others" that had come together to fight the tiger that's Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He was criticised by the BJP ally, Janata Dal (United), who asked him to mind his language. 

Mr Hegde, in 2017 had said that his party, the BJP, would change the Constitution by removing the word "secular" from it - provoking protests across the country. He was caught slapping a doctor on camera, the same year because he wasn't happy with the medical treatment provided to his mother.