A day after Rahul Gandhi set off a controversy when he accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of running away from the Rafale deal debate in the Lok Sabha and letting a "woman" (Nirmala Sitharaman) defend him in the Parliament, the National Commission for Women (NCW) issued a notice to the Congress president on Thursday over his statement. NCW's letter to Rahul calls his remarks "extremely misogynistic, offensive and unethical." The women's panel also wrote that the body "strongly condemns such irresponsible and disparaging views of persons holding responsible positions."
National Commission for Women (NCW) issues notice to Congress President Rahul Gandhi over his statement "PM ran away & asked a 'mahila' (Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman) to defend him" pic.twitter.com/xTAyqNeXg1
— ANI (@ANI) January 10, 2019
Speaking to ANI, NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma said, "We've asked explanation from Rahul Gandhi for why he said what he said yesterday in tweets. The statement was pathetic, sexist & misogynistic. That's why we've sent him a notice. He has to explain what does he mean when he is trying to talk low of women." Addressing a rally in Jaipur on Wednesday, the Congress leader had remarked: "The watchman with a 56-inch chest ran away and told a woman, Sitharaman ji, defend me. I won't be able to defend myself, defend me." Hours later, Rahul's comment came under attack from Modi when he accused the Opposition of insulting India's "women power", at an event in Agra. "The Opposition is bent upon insulting a woman defence minister. This is not an insult to a woman, but an insult to entire India's women power, for which these irresponsible leaders will have to pay the price," Modi had said. Later in the evening, Rahul hit back with a tweet, saying "Stop shaking. Be a Man."
With all due respect Modi Ji, in our culture respect for women begins at home. Stop shaking. Be a man and answer my question: Did the Air Force and Defence Ministry object when you bypassed the original Rafale deal? Yes? Or No? #RafaleScam — Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) January 9, 2019
Rahul's tweet, however, drew further flak on social media with twitterati slamming him with a hashtag "#BeAMan".
Rahul Gandhi betrays the misogynistic mindset of the Congress party. That also explains the several instances of women being exploited in the Congress ranks.
Disgraceful to see Congress President stoop so low. #BeAMan
— Amit Malviya (@amitmalviya) January 10, 2019
Delhi Commission for Women chairperson Swati Maliwal also took to Twitter calling Rahul's statement "misogynistic." "Rafale scam should be thoroughly investigated but @RahulGandhi statement on it is really regressive and misogynistic. I fail to understand how men forget that women are far stronger than them! Can they even think of carrying a baby in their womb for nine months and give birth to it?," she tweeted.
Updated Date: Jan 10, 2019 12:27:27 IST