The National Commission for Women (NCW) on Thursday issued a notice to SP (Samajwadi Party) leader Firoz Khan and sought an explanation from him for his alleged sexist remarks against actor-turned-politician and BJP leader Jaya Prada.
"The remarks are not only sexist but also extremely offensive, unethical and shows disrespect towards the dignity of women in general, said NCW under secretary Barnali Shome said talking to news agency PTI.
The notice stated that the Commission strongly condemned the irresponsible and disparaging views from persons holding responsible positions.
"You (Khan) are hereby requested to provide a satisfactory explanation to the Commission on the matter on receipt of this letter," the notice read.
SP leader Firoz Khan on Wednesday made sexist and derogatory comments against Jaya Prada who recently joined BJP. She is all set to challenge Samajwadi Party strongman Azam Khan in Uttar Pradesh's Rampur Lok Sabha constituency.
On being questioned about the poll-fight between Jaya Prada and Azam Khan for the Rampur seat, Firoz Khan said," Leaving entire UP, you have focused only on Rampur and Badaun which are both curious cases. One day when I was travelling by bus, Jaya Prada's entourage passed by me. I got down in hopes of seeing her. Also maybe she would do a 'thumka' to clear traffic."
Continuing his shocking and objectionable tirade, Firoz Khan said, "Rampur's evenings would become colourful now, during elections. Though Rampur's residents are simple, they are sensible and will vote for SP as Azam Khan has contributed so much to Rampur. But they will not leave a fun opportunity like this. She (Jaya Prada) may say I will wear ghungroos and you can see my dance in the evening".
Lok Sabha Election 2019 in Uttar Pradesh will be held in all seven phases starting from April 11, the results of which will be out on May 23 after the counting of votes will be done.
(With agency inputs)