AHMEDABAD: Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi attributing malnutrition in the state to figure-conscious girls shunning food has outraged women organizations who feel that such frivolous statements do not befit the head of a state speaking on an international platform. Strong statements have been issued on how Modi should also acknowledge that there exists a Gujarat beyond the middle class and there are poor children including girls whose parents cannot afford milk. One agency even wrote an open letter to Modi on the issue.
"Gujarat government data released in April 2012 shows that 6,324 children in Ahmedabad were severally malnourished," said Poonam Kathuria of Society for Women Action and Training Initiative (SWATI). "A similar situation prevails in Banaskantha, Panchmahals, Sabarkantha and other districts. It is not that the government is not aware of the issue. Such trivialization reflects poorly on the head of the state."
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