The National Commission for Women on Monday strongly condemned the “extremely derogatory” remarks made by SP leader Azam Khan against actor-turned-politician Jaya Prada and issued a show cause notice to him.
Citing news reports, the NCW said the alleged remarks made by him were “offensive, unethical and show disrespect towards dignity of women”.
“The Commission strongly condemns such irresponsible and disparaging comment on the matter. You are required to provide a satisfactory explanation to the Commission on the matter,” NCW Under Secretary Barnali Shome said in the notice.
National Commission for Women Chairperson Rekha Sharma on Sunday termed Khan’s below-the-belt remarks against the actor as “extremely disgraceful”.
Reacting to Khan’s alleged remarks, she tweeted that the NCW would also be requesting the Election Commission to bar him from contesting elections. Sharma took cognisance of another tweet by a user, who had uploaded a video of the SP leader’s purported jibe.
The video of Khan making the “abusive” remarks was doing rounds on various social media platforms. “I brought her (Jaya Prada) to Rampur. You are a witness that I did not allow anyone to touch her body. It took you 17 years to identify her real face but I got to know in 17 days that she wears khaki underpants,” Khan said on Sunday.
The tweet, which the NCW chairperson took note of quoted Khan as saying, “Jaya Prada ke neeche ka underwear Khaki rang ka hai.”
Khan allegedly made the remarks while addressing a poll campaign rally at Rampur, which goes to polls on April 23 along with a total of 115 constituencies across 15 states in the third phase of the elections.