An FIR has been registered against Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan for his objectionable remarks against BJP leader Jaya Prada who is fighting the Lok Sabha election against him from Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur constituency.
Addressing an election rally on Sunday, Azam Khan had said, “I brought her [Jaya Prada] to Rampur. You are a witness that I did not allow anyone to touch her body. It took you 17 years to identify her real face but I got to know in 17 days that she wears khaki underwear.”
Azam Khan gets booked
A case has been registered against him under Section 509 of the Indian Penal Code (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman).
Reacting to his comments, the actress-turned-politician Jaya said, “It isn’t new for me. You might remember that I was a candidate from his party in 2009 when no one supported me after he made comments against me. I’m a woman and I can’t even repeat what he said. I don’t know what I did to him that he is saying such things,”
“He shouldn’t be allowed to contest elections. Because if this man wins, what will happen to democracy? There’ll be no place for women in society. Where will we go? Should I die, then you’ll be satisfied? Do you think I’ll get scared and leave Rampur? But I won’t leave,” she said.
NCW chief Rekha Sharma also slammed the SP leader and said, “His statement against Jaya Prada is extremely disgraceful, which disrespects the dignity of women. We have taken cognisance of the matter and have asked the EC to take strict action against him.”
However, Azam asserted that he didn’t name anyone and also claimed of withdrawing his candidature if proven guilty. “I am a nine-time MLA from Rampur and been a minister. I know what to say. If anyone proves that I have named anyone and insulted anyone by name. If it is proved, I will step back from the elections,”