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Sari remark: Sabyasachi regrets using the word ‘shame’, says sorry

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New Delhi : Fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee on Wednesday apologised for his comments on Indian women and the sari after he faced a backlash from women’s groups and others.

The Kolkata-based designer posted an open letter on Instagram, saying he regrets using the word “shame” while talking about the inability of some women to wear a sari at the Harvard India Conference last week.

“… Allow me to sincerely apologise for the words that I used while answering impromptu questions at a conference at Harvard. I am sorry that I used the word ‘shame’ in reference to some women’s inability to wear a sari. I truly regret that the way in which I tried to make a point about the sari enabled it to be interpreted as misogynistic, patriarchal, and non-inclusive – this was certainly not my intention,” he wrote.


Many, particularly on social media, took offence to the remarks from the designer to the stars, calling them patriarchal and anti-feminist.