Samajwadi Party leader Mohammad Azam Khan made a controversial statement on BJP member Rama Devi in Lok Sabha for which she sought an apology from Mohammad Azam.
Azam Khan did not apologize and said he will resign if he had said anything unparliamentary. He also staged a walkout along with his party chief Akhilesh Yadav, who defended his remarks.
Many of the Lok Sabha members spoke against the sexist remark made by Samajwadi leader Mohammad Azam,
“This is an abominable act, I appeal to you for exemplary action,” said Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to Speaker Om Prakash Birla in the Lok Sabha.
“The entire nation watched what happened…This is a blot on all legislators including men. We cannot remain silent spectators to it. We have to speak in one voice that this is unacceptable,” said Union Minister Smriti Irani. “This is not a House where men come in and ‘Kisi aurat ki aankhon mein jhanka jaye (look into the eyes of a woman),” she added, quoting Azam Khan.
Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said either Azam Khan should apologize or he should be suspended from the House. “The incident was painful. Rama Devi handled it with utmost dignity. We appeal for the toughest punishment, without compromise,” said Mr. Prasad.
“I am the youngest MP and this is all a learning experience. But what happened yesterday, that cannot be part of my learning process. Apart from any political differences, nobody can stand in Parliament and tell a woman – ‘look into my eyes and talk’. Speaker sir, all women here are expecting something big from you on this,” said Trinamool Congress lawmaker Mimi Chakraborty.
DMK lawmaker Kanimozhi said Azam Khan’s comments were the kind that “made women feel small”.