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'Painted women comment' gets Abhijit Mukherjee trending on Twitter

President Pranab Mukherjee's son and MP Abhijit Mukherjee's controversial statement that the women participating in the protests against the Delhi gangrape were “pretty women who were dented and painted” drew him considerable flak on social media.

Abhijit Mukherjee with his wife. PTI

Mukherjee told ABP Ananda in an interview, “These pretty women, dented and painted, who come for protests are not students. I have seen them speak on television, usually women of this age are not students."

Mukherjee also said that students, who go to discotheques, think it is a fashion statement to hold candles and protest.

Soon after Mukherjee's  interview was telecast on TV, Abhijit Mukherjee started trending on Twitter.

And not surprisingly they weren't very complimentary. Here's are a few select ones:

Some on Twitter also tried to find the reason for Abhijit Mukherjee's 'bizarre' statement. Here goes:

And a couple of them suggested some ways to punish the the Congress MP.

Mukherjee, however, told CNN-IBN that he would not apologise for his statement and would just withdraw it if some people had taken offence to it. Defending his comments against students and women, Mukherjee said, “I have certain ideas. I know what students look like. I have been a student too. If you want to see how I perceive students then you should come with me to a university,” he said.