Congress leader Randeep Surjewala accused Adityanath, who has completed one month as the state chief, of belittling women.
"According to Adityanath, an independent and strong woman is akin a demon. According to him, a woman cannot be allowed to be independent," he said.
"He should apologise for making such a comment but his spokesperson has said that he stand by his comments. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) must clear its stand on this," he added.
Adityanath had in an article which provoked sharp criticism said, "Shastras have talked about giving protection to women. Just like urja (energy) left free and unchecked causes destruction, women also don't need independence, they need protection and proper channelization. Stree shakti (women power) is protected by the father when a child, by the husband when an adult and by the son in old age. Women cannot be left independent or free."
According to reports, the concerned article first appeared in Adityanath's weekly journal in 2010 when the Women's Reservation Bill was being discussed in the Parliament.
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