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.
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:
Abhijit Mukherjee, the Presidents son, says students should not wear make up and/or go to discotheques!! #alltimelow
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) दिसम्बर 27, 2012
"President's son says fashionable for students to go to discos and hold candle light marches". What is wrong with him? Needs re-education!
— Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) दिसम्बर 27, 2012
This Abhijit Mukherjee is unfit to hold public office. It is a reflection on the casual manner in which the Congress perpetuates dynasties
— Shashi Shekhar (@offstumped) दिसम्बर 27, 2012
Tempted to change my name after the comment by Abhijit Mukherjee. Difficult to live down this extent of imbecility by a namesake
— Abhijit Majumder (@abhijitmajumder) दिसम्बर 27, 2012
After "dented-painted", #AbhijitMukerjee is India's greatest living exponent of nonsense verse.
— Anant Rangaswami (@AnantRangaswami) दिसम्बर 27, 2012
Dear Abhijit Mukherjee (MP). I am a dented painted woman asking you over for coffee. We need to talk, I shall get the brains&logic. Do come.
— Karuna John (@karunajohn) दिसम्बर 27, 2012
Some on Twitter also tried to find the reason for Abhijit Mukherjee's 'bizarre' statement. Here goes:
The cold in Calcutta and the fur cap he's wearing have obviously addled Abhijit Mukherjee's brain.
— Brown Sahiba (@Rajyasree) दिसम्बर 27, 2012
I think Abhijit Mukherjee meant 'dainty, painted', but forgot to take his pills.
— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) दिसम्बर 27, 2012
And a couple of them suggested some ways to punish the the Congress MP.
Abhijit Mukherjee, the President's son, should be severely spanked! What an ass, man, what an ass!
— Pritish Nandy (@PritishNandy) दिसम्बर 27, 2012
Parade Abhijit Mukherjee on the streets of Delhi wearing a floral summer dress & make-up ~ 'dainty and painted' ..
— Mayur (@bowelski) दिसम्बर 27, 2012
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.