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DCW urges EC to action against politicians who make offensive remarks against women

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The (DCW) has written to the Election Commission, urging it to take strict action against politicians who make "disparaging" comments against women, following Azam Khan's offensive remarks targeting BJP's

In its letter to the poll panel, the has suggested that the Model Code of Conduct should be revised to include a provision that no party or individual is allowed to pass gender-based comments or comments that outrage the modesty and integrity of a woman.

In case a candidate or member of a political party is found to violate the poll code, he should be barred from contesting the current election, it said.

The should ensure registration of an FIR and arrest of the individual concerned, if violation of the code is found, the has suggested the poll body.

Without naming anybody, Khan had told an election rally in Rampur, "... you got represented (by her) for 10 years."

"People of Rampur, people of and people of India, it took you 17 years to understand her reality. But, I could recognise it in 17 days that she wears a khaki underwear, he had said.

The BJP claimed that the comment was made against Jaya Prada, who is fighting the Lok Sabha polls against Khan from the Rampur seat.

The has also urged the to take "strong action" against Khan for his remarks and even issued a show cause notice to the

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First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 20:20 IST