Indian singer sparks backlash over remarks on 'women in jeans'

Indian singer sparks backlash over remarks on 'women in jeans'

MALAYSIA - South Indian music legend K.J. Yesudas caused a controversy when he remarked that women should not wear jeans in public because this was against Indian culture, Malaysia Nanban reported.

"What is meant to be covered should be covered. Wearing jeans and roaming around attracts unnecessary attention. We must respect religious doctrines.

"Women's beauty is in their modesty. They should not become like men," the award-winning singer said at a Gandhi Jayanti (Mahatma Gandhi's birthday) function in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, on Thursday.

The 74-year-old singer also said simplicity was a valued quality in women.

His remarks led to the Kerala Congress women's wing to stage a protest march on Friday.

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