Private lives of public figures are wide open to public scrutiny, says Rodrigues

Can they be ethical in public if they are unethical in private?

Ethics, Virtue and Character. Pixabay

Recently Aam Aadmi Party spokesperson Ashutosh jumped in to the defense of Delhi government Women and Child and Social Welfare Minister Sandeep Kumar on the issue of sex CD. He termed the whole saga of sexual liaison of Sandeep Kumar as a private affair between two consenting parties.

Next day, the victim lodged a police complaint against the Minister of rape. Naturally, this put Ashutosh in an awkward position. Demand for his sacking and termination from Aam Aadmi Party is gaining ground. AAP’s MLA from Bijwasan assembly seat, Colonel Devdinder Sehrawat also criticized Ashutosh’s utterances and said that they were against party’s value system.

Advocate Aires Rodrigues from Goa has penned down his take on the matter of privacy of a public figure. Mr Rodrigues says:

Mr. Aires Rodrigues

Persons in Public life are expected to be moral exemplars of morality and ethics as they have pledged to uphold and defend that realm. There is no dividing line between their personal and public life. Private lives of public figures are wide open to public scrutiny. What they do in their private life matters and does impact their public responsibilitiesCan they be ethical in public if they are unethical in private? Their private life reveals more about morals than their sound bites.

That British MP Keith Vaz has now been caught in a very scandalizing sex scandal only exposes the sagging moral values of those in public life. Less said the better on the numerous Aam Aadmi Party Ministers and MLAs in Delhi caught in similar disgraceful acts.

Ashutosh, Aam Aadmi Party. Wikimedia Commons
Ashutosh, Aam Aadmi Party. Wikimedia Commons

Manohar Parrikar and Atmaram Nadkarni were also once spotted at the red light area at Pattaya in Bangkok. Manohar Parrikar had publicly defended his visit by claiming that it was not to have sex but that he merely enjoyed two Thai massages. “Do I have to go so far for sex” is what Manohar Parrikar had quipped.

The French Nobel Prize winning Author and Philosopher Albert Camus had rightly said: “A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world”. We cannot afford to have wolves in sheep’s clothing!

Advocate Rodrigues lives in Goa, India. Twitter @rodrigues_aires