New Delhi | Women MPs from all across political parties on Friday have raised their voices against Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan who had made objectionable remarks on BJP MP Rama Devi.
Earlier today Rama Devi had disapproved of Azam Khan’s remarks and had claimed that he has never respected women.
“He has never respected women, we all know what he had said about Jaya Prada ji. He has no right to stay in Lok Sabha, I will request Speaker to dismiss him. Azam Khan must apologise,” Devi was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Union Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani hit out at Azam Khan and demanded that he should apologise.
“Let us not reduce this to a problem of just women. This is a blot on all legislators including men. This is not a House where men come in and ‘Kisi aurat ki aankhon mein jhanka jaye”, she said in the Lok Sabha.
“The entire nation watched yesterday what happened. This House passed the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Bill. I appeal to all to speak in one voice- you cannot misbehave with a woman and get away with it by just dramatising it”, she added.
She has also said that if these comments were made outside, police would have arrested him.
TMC MP Mimi Chakraborty also condemned Azam Khan’s remarks, and said, “Nobody can stand in the Parliament and tell a woman ‘look into my eyes and talk.’ Speaker sir, all women here are expecting something big from you on this”.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman expressed happiness and said that she is extremely grateful for all members who stood up in support of Rama Devi.
“It is very encouraging to see everyone stand up and speak in once voice condemning what happened yesterday. We look towards you (LS Speaker) for exemplary action against him”, FM Sitharaman said.
“To politicize an issue related to women is outrageous, we have to stand together so why the hesitation in some? Why the dilemma? Why add riders? I am not naming anyone for people to interrupt my speech”, she further said.
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla concluded the concerns by saying I will speak to all leaders and take a decision, before adjourning the House.