SRINAGAR: Union Minister Farooq Abdullah who earlier in the day made a controversial statement on women, was later regretful of the same. My remarks have been misconstrued and I have the greatest respect for women,”he said.
Earlier in the day on December 6, Friday, Farooq Abdullah while entering Parliament had said, “I am afraid of talking to women. In fact I do not even want to keep a woman secretary, God forbid, if there’s a complaint against me and I end up in jail. Such is the state of affairs today. I agree that incidents of rape have increased but this has to stop somewhere.”
In a U-Turn later on, Farooq trying to cover up his previous statement said I am not blaming the girls, I am blaming society itself..
Among those who demanded an apology was his son, Omar, the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, who tweeted, “I’m sure the attempt wasn’t to trivialize the important issue of womens security. I hope dad apologizes for the misplaced attempt at humour.”
Papa must apologise
Earlier Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Friday hoped his father would immediately apologise for his comments on women, which the son said were most likely made in a lighter vein.
Reacting to the barrage of criticism levelled against Farooq Abdullah over an alleged sexist comment against women, Omar Abdullah said on his micro blogging twitter site Friday: “I am sure the attempt wasn’t to trivialise important issue of women’s security, so I hope dad apologises for the misplaced attempt at humour”.
Responding to Omar Abdullah’s remarks, many bloggers on the site said the father’s remarks were indeed sexist, and the son could not brush away such comments.
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