Preacher Indurikar Maharaj apologises for remarks

Marathi 'kirtankar' (preacher) Nivrutti Maharaj Indurikar tendered an apology over his remarks on the timing of intercourse and gender of child, seeking to end a controversy on the issue.

His apology came after state minister Bachchu Kadu has said Maharashtra government will not file a case against him over the remarks.

During his 'kirtan' (sermon) at a hamlet in Ahmednagar district recently, the preacher reportedly said intercourse by a couple on an even date would beget a male child, while on an odd date would result in the birth of a girl.

The 'Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti', a voluntary organisation working to eradicate superstitious beliefs, had sought a police case against Indurikar Maharaj, alleging that his comments violated provisions of the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act.

In a statement, Indurikar Maharaj said he was tendering an apology if anyone's sentiments were hurt by his remarks.

"In the last 26 years of my delivering kirtans, I had stressed on fighting superstition and other social ills... If my remarks hurt anyone's sentiments, I apologise for it," he said.

Earlier, the minister had said the state government will not file a case against the preacher.