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SP leader makes sexist remarks against Jaya Prada; gets rap from NCW, Akhilesh


Press Trust of India Lucknow
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav Thursday directed party workers not to make indecent comments against women after the National Commission for Women (NCW) pulled up a party leader for allegedly making sexist remarks against actor-turned-politician Jaya Prada.
SP Sambhal district president Firoz Khan had allegedly said Jaya Prada would "enthral the people of Rampur with her ghungaroos and thumkas".
In a short video clip, Khan is heard saying, "Rampur ki shaamein rangeen ho jaayengi ab jab chunavi mahual chalega (Rampur's evenings will turn colourful this election season)", seemingly referring to Jaya Prada, who recently joined the BJP.
Taking note, the NCW issued a notice to Khan, seeking an explanation from him for the remarks.
Following the incident, Yadav issued a statement saying, "The SP has always given priority to the honour of women and believed in equality of men and women. It has come to the notice of the party that the Sambhal district president made some statement which has created confusion."

"No party worker should make indecent comments on women. The SP has always believed in respecting women," he added.
Reacting to media reports on Khan's comments, NCW Under Secretary Barnali Shome said, "The remarks are not only sexist but also extremely offensive, unethical and shows disrespect towards the dignity of women in general."

The commission strongly condemns such irresponsible and disparaging views from persons holding responsible positions, the notice said to Khan. "You are hereby requested to provide a satisfactory explanation to the Commission on the matter on receipt of this letter," it added.
Jaya Prada, who is a former Samajwadi Party MP, joined the BJP on Tuesday.

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First Published: Mar 28 2019 | 10:00 PM IST

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