Justice Markandey Katju Thinks Beautiful Women Need To Be Elected Politicians

13/01/2015 10:24 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:24 AM IST
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MUMBAI, INDIA - MARCH 30: Retired Supreme Court Judge Markandey Katju, Chairman Press Council of India at Mumbai university to deliver lecture on ' Ancient Indian Jurisprudence and Modern Jurisprudence on March 30, 2013 in Mumbai, India. After actor sanjay Dutt Justice Katju has said that he will take up the case for pardon of another convict in the 1993 blasts case Zaibunisa Kazi. (Photo by Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Justice Markandey Katju has done it again. The former chairman of Press Council of India and erstwhile Supreme Court judge posted in social media on Tuesday that beautiful women should be elected as politicians so as to get "momentary happiness looking at her face in the media."

He had previously made controversial statements on gay marriages and single women, claiming he disapproved of both.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Katju cited the example of new Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, who is the country's first woman president, elected on Monday.

"Croatia, which has an ailing economy, has elected a beautiful woman, Ms. Grabar-Kitarovic, as its President," wrote Justice Katju. "I am always in favour of electing beautiful women, like film actresses, on all posts."


According to him, this was because politicians made big promises but failed to do anything for public welfare.

"So since you must vote for someone, why not vote for a beautiful face? At least you will get some momentary happiness looking at her face in the media. Otherwise you may get nothing at all."

In the barrage of comments to his post that followed, Justice Katju has said that he regarded Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti better looking than HRD minister Smriti Irani. He also said that Irani needs to "lose some weight if she wishes to be the Prime Minister."


When asked if popular Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif should be made Prime Minister, he wrote, "On one condition: that after becoming Prime Minister she sings 'Sheela ki Jawaani' in a televised public show," posting the video of the item song in the comment.

He later published a blog post on his website too, titled "Katrina Kaif for President of India," where he suggested Kaif as India's next President, provided she sang 'Sheela ki Jawaani' at her inaugural.

Asked if he missed beautiful women during his judicial career, Katju said that there were "many very beautiful lady lawyers in the Supreme Court and in the Allahabad, Madras, and Delhi High Courts where I sat."

In his comments to the Facebook post, he also suggested that Congress' Priyanka Gandhi was not "beautiful."


He claimed that the "only woman fit to be Prime Minister" was the late actress Madhubala.

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