Stoking a fresh controversy, Sadhvi Deva Thakur- leader of Hindu Maha Sabha- has said Muslims and Christians must undergo sterilisation to restrict their growing population which is posing a ‘threat’ to Hindus.
“The population of Muslims and Christians is growing day by day. To rein in this, Centre will have to impose emergency, and Muslims and Christians will have to be forced to undergo sterilisation so that they can’t increase their numbers,” vice president of All India Hindu Maha Sabha, Sadhvi Deva Thakur said.
Her comments raise the spectre of the Emergency declared under the regime of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1975-77, during which her political opponents were imprisoned and a mass sterilization campaign aimed at controlling the growth in India’s population was carried out. While many responded to incentives offered by the government, others were coerced.
She also exhorted Hindus to have more children and increase their population so as to have an effect on the world.
In another controversial remark, she said idols of Hindu gods and goddesses should be placed in mosques and churches.
Thakur also came out strongly in support of installing a statue of “patriot” Nathuram Godse in Haryana.