Azam Khan says sorry for sexist remarks against female MP
July 30, 2019
Samajwadi Party leader and Member of Parliament Azam Khan apologized in the Lok Sabha yesterday for the comments he had made last week.
Azam Khan's sexist remarks about Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker and BJP MP Rama Devi had created a huge controversy and several female Members of Parliament had called for action against him.
Rama Devi had said Khan has no right to stay in Lok Sabha and other MPs such as Smriti Irani, Nirmala Sitharaman and Mimi Chakraborty supported her stand. Azam Khan had made the sexist remarks during a debate on a bill to ban Triple Talaq when Rama Devi had asked Azam Khan to speak while looking at the Chair and address the House through the presiding officer.
The statements were found to be massively offensive and were immediately expunged from the house records. However, at the time Azam Khan did not apologies and said he will resign if he had said anything unparliamentarily. He also staged a walkout and was supported by his party chief Akhilesh Yadav.
Rama Devi refused to accept the apology and had said,"If Azam Khan had apologized for his indecent statement on the same day, I would have forgiven him. He even walked off on Thursday after making this comment - adding insult to injury."
The comments received widespread criticism from all corners and many people demanded a suitable punishment for Azam Khan who is known for making offensive comments against women.
Lyricist and poet Javed Akhtar tweeted, "I believe that Mr Azam khan' s words to the MP sitting in the speaker 's chair are totally unacceptable . they were uncultured indecent and lecherous . It is the responsibility of the hon speaker of the house to teach him a lesson that he will not be able to forget."