Sunday, 19 August 2018 17:09

Prime Minister Apologise For Offensive Sari Skit

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Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley has apologised to the Hindu community following a skit at the PNM Sports Day.  

The Prime Minister said while he understood the intention of the skit by the PNM Tabaquite constituency office, upon review and consultation with members of the Hindu community, he understood a line had unintentionally been crossed.

Meanwhile, Member of Parliament for Port-of-Spain North, St. Ann's West, Stuart Young has also apologised to the Hindu community for the insensitivity of the Sports Day "skit" and for his description of the display as a "little bit of fun".

In a post to his Facebook page, Mr. Young said he was completely unaware the skit had serious religious connotations and was disrespectful to the Hindu community. He admitted that he is not versed in Hindu scripture and was not aware of the story of the Draupadi from the Mahabharata.

The Minister of National Security said he has never and will never condone or accept any act of violence to women or children, nor does he see race and religious differences as negative issues. 

The Pundit who led a protest against the PNM's Sari skit says he accepts the Prime Minister's apology.

On Thursday, head of the Satya Anand Ashram, Satyanand Maharaj mobilized members of the Hindu community incensed with this skit in a peaceful protest, in front of the Office of the Prime Minister in St Clair. The group also delivered a letter to the Prime Minister requesting that the Prime Minister offer an apology as political leader of the ruling PNM, as well as Prime Minister. 

In a statement, Pundit Maharaj said the apology is an about turn from the description of "foolishness" by the Prime Minister, of those who expressed disgust to the PNM skit. 

He also called on, Minister of National Security Stuart Young who indicated that the offensive skit was "a bit of fun", as well as PNM social media activists to make similar acts of contrition. 








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