A Delhi resident has filed a complaint against AAP leader and poet Kumar Vishwas for making derogatory remarks about women on a popular TV show.

Vishwas appeared on The Kapil Sharma Show, aired on July 1, and read a small poem in which he called married women as “Samaan”, meaning object in English. This infuriated Gopal, who lives in Jeewan Park, and she lodged a complaint against the poet at Dabri police station of West Delhi. Gopal identifies herself as a homemaker and a social worker.

Jis samay chunav hota hai, to apne colony mein politician logon ko badi dikkat hoti hai…matlab jis ladki se aapka affair chalao uske pati ko bhi jijaji kehna padta hai, jijaji vote de dena samaan to aap le hi gaye.” (In the times of elections, politicians in our colony face a lot of problems. They have to call even that man ‘jijajee’ (husband of sister), who is the husband of the woman you had an affair with. You have to say jijajee give us votes, you have already taken our object),” the complaint quotes Vishwas as saying on the show, as reported by India Today.

Poets Shabina Adib and Dr Rahat Indori also joined Vishwas on the show.

In the complaint, Gopal said she was watching the show with her daughters and they asked her if they would become somebody’s “property” if they also get married.

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This is not the first time that Vishwas has drawn flak for his insensitive comments. Earlier in 2014, he passed a racist comment on women from Kerala when he said, “Earlier nurses used to come from Kerala, kali-peeli (dark skinned), one would naturally feel like calling them sister.”

Public figures like Vishwas should think many times before speaking as their views influence people across the country. The Kapil Sharma Show is a great platform to talk about issues because of its great reach, but the comments Vishwas made only helps in propagating a regressive thought-process.

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