The Maharashtra State Commission for Women has asked the Mumbai Police Commissioner to take action against a public representative who insulted a woman mayor in Mumbai. The Bharatiya Janata Party leader Ashish Shelar allegedly made insulting remarks on Kishori Pednekar, after the recent cylinder blast in Worli which killed three members of a family.
The State Women Commission Chairperson, Rupali Chakankar, took to social media saying such ‘insulting comments’ by public representatives “will not be tolerated.” Chakankar alleged that the BJP leader commented, “the Mumbai Mayor visited (those injured in the blast) after 72 hours of the incident, where were you (the mayor) sleeping for these many hours?”
BJP Leader Remark On Mumbai Mayor
The chairperson said that this was aired by many news media and these sorts of comments will not be tolerated. In a letter to the commissioner, she said that a “serious” note needs to be taken and asked the Mumbai police for a factual report as per “section 12 (2) and 12(3) of the Maharashtra State Commission of Women Act of 1993.”
Insulting Comments On Women By Politicians
This is not the first case of insulting remarks towards women leaders. In September, BJP leader Pravin Darekar passed a sexist remark on the opposition leader of the National Congress Party (NCP), saying that they will kiss “any painted cheeks.” Read more about the incident here.
Recently, a minister in Rajasthan correlated actor Katrina Kaif’s cheeks with roads during a public rally in the Jhunjhunu district. He said that the roads in his constituency should be like Katrina Kaif’s cheeks. Sadly, the viral video shows the public in his constituency clapped mistaking the sexism as humour.
Women politicians have raised the question as to why are these representatives not held accountable for making such remarks on women? Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Brinda Karat said that law should be made in assemblies and parliaments on such sexist remarks. Read more here.
(Feature Image Credit: Rupali Chakankar Twitter)
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