After Rahul Gandhi made a sexist comment on Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, activist Brinda Adige has slammed the Congress president saying the statement made by him was "shameful".
"A statement being made by Rahul Gandhi that is absolutely shameful, a statement being made by a party whose head was a woman. He wanted a information on Rafale Deal which is with the Defence Minister who happens to be a woman. He needs to understand that the Defence Minister is well qualified and the best for the job and is a representative of the nation. She has to answer questions put forth to the ministry.
Why would you make such a sexist comment? Why is the patriarchy, chauvinism and misogyny continuing? How dare he demean the citizens who have voted these people to power? When he makes these kinds of statements he is undermining women. Woman empowerment and gender equality for him is only lip service. He does not want gender equality. He does not want women to perform with dignity," she said.
Rahul Gandhi has come in for significant criticism for a sexist utterance made while he was speaking in Jaipur on Wednesday, where he chided the Prime Minister for asking 'a woman' to protect him. Addressing a rally in Jaipur, the Congress president had said:
"The Prime Minister with the 56-inch-chest didn't come even once to the people's court - the Parliament. We smashed the Raksha Mantri's speech. 56-inch-chest Prime Minister said to a woman, Sitharaman ji 'protect me', I will not be able to protect myself."
The National Commission for Women also took cognisance of Rahul Gandhi's sexist remark and issued a notice to the Congress president saying that his remarks were "misogynistic, offensive and unethical and showed an extreme disrespect towards the dignity and honour of women in general". The notice further demanded Rahul Gandhi to provide a satisfactory explanation to the Commission.
The NCW chairperson Chairperson pointed out the travesty entailed in the president of a national party making a misogynistic statement, calling it an 'irony' that Rahul Gandhi considers 'an accomplished Defence Minister of the largest democracy as a weak person'.
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