Congress on Monday demanded Das’ apology. Photograph: (ANI)
A video of two women washing the feet of Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das at an event to mark Guru Purnima on Sunday has gone viral.
The two women washed Das’ feet as he stood on a plate full of flower petals. He was the chief guest of at the event organised in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand.
The incident was criticised by women's rights activists and opposition parties.
Congress on Monday demanded Das’ apology.
"This is very unfortunate that Chief Minister has done such acts. This is very shameful and the Chief Minister should apologise," Congress leader Shobha Ojha told ANI.
Women’s rights activist Sandhya strongly condemned the act, saying it encouraged “anti-women ideology”.
"Being a chief minister, how can he encourage such kind of practice, how can he involve in such kind of practice? We strongly condemn this. It is nothing but encouraging anti-women ideology," she told ANI.
Guru Purnima is marked on the full-moon day of the Hindu month Ashadha and is celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Buddhists to honour one’s gurus or teachers who guide us through our lives towards the path of enlightenment. The day falls in between June-July.