Women members in Lok Sabha on today spoke in one voice condemning the sexiest remarks by SP member Azam Khan against BJP MP Rama Devi and demanded that he apologise or else he should be suspended from the House.
During the Zero Hour, Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani said the remarks of Khan in Lok Sabha on Thursday during the debate of Triple Talaq Bill were a “blot” on all legislators, including men.
“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,” Irani said. “If these comments were made outside, police would have arrested him,” she added.
Demanding the Lok Sabha speaker to take “exemplary action” against Khan, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, “The remark (Azam Khan’s) is utterly condemnable. I thank every member who supported a woman. (But) To politicise an issue related to women is outrageous, we have to stand together. Let us stand together and speak in one voice which is what I thought was happening here. But why the hesitation, why the dilemma?”
“There should not be any conditions attached, no riders. We are looking towards you to an exemplary action from you (LS Speaker), so that never ever would a woman be treated in such a way,” she added.
Supporting Irani, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said either Khan should tender an apology or he should be suspended from the House. BJP parliamentarian Rama Devi, the officiating Speaker, was presiding over the proceedings yesterday when Khan made a sexist remark directed at her during a debate on the government’s bill to ban instant triple talaq.
Rama Devi later directed that Khan’s remark be removed from the records. She, however, said she is like his (Azam Khan’s) younger sister. Khan’s remark infuriated union ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Arjun Ram Meghwal as they urged the Chair to ask him to apologise. When Khan was asked to do so by Rama Devi, he said he meant no disrespect to her as she was like his “dear sister”.
TMC MP Mimi Chakraborty 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.”