Niti Aayog member apologises for dirty films remark, says not against Kashmiris using internet
Saraswat said people in J&K did nothing other than watching “dirty films” online
He has now apologised for his dirty films remark
I have been quoted out of context, Saraswat said
NITI Aayog member VK Saraswat who had justified internet ban in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) saying people there did nothing other than watching “dirty films” online, has apologised for his remark.
Apologising for his “dirty films” remark, VK Saraswat said that he was quoted out of context. He also said that he was not against the rights of the Kashmiris to have internet access.
“I have been quoted out of context. If this misquotation has hurt the feelings of the people of Kashmir, I apologise and would not like them to carry this impression that I am against the rights of the Kashmiris to have internet access,” VK Saraswat was quoted as saying by ANI.
Earlier in the day, VK Saraswat said the shutdown of internet services in Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370 did not have any significant impact on the economy, as people there did nothing other than watching “dirty films”.
He also said that internet services were suspended in Jammu and Kashmir to prevent certain elements from “misusing” information that could affect law and order situation there.
Saraswat was speaking to reporters in Gandhinagar on Saturday after attending the convocation of the Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology.
“What difference does it make if there’s no internet there? What do you watch on the internet there? What e-tailing is happening there? Besides watching dirty films, you do nothing there,” he said.
“If there is no internet in Kashmir, it does not have any significant effect on the economy. If Article 370 had to be removed, and if Kashmir had to be taken forward, we knew there were elements there which will misuse this kind of information in a manner that will affect the law and order situation,” he said.