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Indian minister sparks uproar over old wives' remark

Published on Oct 2, 2012 9:10 PM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - An Indian Cabinet minister landed himself in hot water on Tuesday after claiming that wives lose their appeal with age.

Speaking at a Hindi-language poetry meeting in the northern city of Kanpur on Monday night, Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal had said: "An old victory, like a wife of many years, loses its charm over time".

After footage of his comments was aired on news channels, women's groups and opposition parties laid into Mr Jaiswal who is from the ruling Congress party.

The comments also sparked outrage on Twitter. "Sriprakash Jaiswal is definitely gonna be slapped by someone," tweeted one user called Dhanya Rajendran.

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