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Statement taken out of context on modern women’s reluctance to marry and have children: Minister

By PTI

BENGALURU: Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar on Monday said modern women are not ready to marry and have children at an event at NIMHANS and that his statement was not about alienating women and was based on a survey. In which it cited statistics on what the younger generation felt about it.

During the World Mental Health Day at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurological Sciences (NIMHANS) on Sunday, Sudhakar had said, “Today, I am sorry to say, a lot of modern women in India want to be single. Even though They only get married, they don’t want to give birth. They want surrogacy. So there has been a change in our thinking, which is not good.” Issuing a clarification on Monday, Sudhakar said, “It is unfortunate that out of the nineteen and a half minutes long speech during the World Mental Health Day event at NIMHANS on Sunday, a small part of my speech has been taken out of context and That’s kind of lost. The big point I was trying to make at the prestigious National Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience.”

He said that being the father and doctor of a daughter, he also understood the sensitivity of women and mental health issues.

Sudhakar said that it has been widely established through research and studies that in situations where mental health resources are scarce, families form a valuable support system, which can be helpful in managing various stressful situations. .

Indian society is collective and promotes social unity and interdependence. The traditional Indian joint family, which follows the same principles of collectivism, has proved to be an excellent resource for the care of the mentally ill, he said.

“Unlike Western society, which emphasizes ‘individualism’, Indian society is ‘collectivism’ as it promotes interdependence and cooperation, with the family being the focal point of this social structure,” the minister said.

According to him, Indian and Asian families are far more involved in the care of their members and also bear a higher disease burden than their Western counterparts.

Sudhakar said Indian families are more intimate with the patient, and are able to seek greater medical involvement than the West.

To substantiate his claim, he cited a research paper published in the Indian Journal of Psychiatry.

Sudhakar said his statement about the younger generation turning away from marriage and procreation is also based on a survey.

The minister said the findings of the YouGov-Mint-CPR Millennial Survey show that 19 per cent of Millennials are not interested in children or marriage. He said the other eight per cent want children, but are not interested in marriage.

“Among post-millennials (or Gen Z adults), 23 percent are not interested in children or marriage. In the case of Millennials, eight percent want children but aren’t interested in marriage. There are very few gender-like trends. difference. This applies to both boys and girls,” Sudhakar said.

The minister said he is trying to convey that youth can find solutions and solutions to mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and stress in our traditional family and its value system, which provides a wonderful support system.

Sudhakar clarified, “I want to clarify that I had no intention of alienating women and neither did my words mean that.” He also asked people to watch his full speech on his Facebook page.

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