Published On : Thu, Jan 10th, 2019

NCW sends notice to Rahul over remark on Sitharaman

The National Commission for Women has issued a notice to Congress President Rahul Gandhi over his recent remark on Union defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

“We have asked explanation from Rahul Gandhi for why he said what he said yesterday in tweets. The statement was pathetic, sexist and misogynistic. That is why we have sent him a notice. He has to explain what does he mean when he is trying to talk low of women,” NCW Chairperson Rekha Sharma said.

Gandhi on Wednesday while addressing a rally at Jaipur, Rajasthan said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi got a woman to defend him in Parliament on Rafale fighter jet deal.

He was referring to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharamans speech in Lok Sabha last week.

“The watchman with a 56-inch chest ran away and told a woman, Sitharaman ji, defend me. I wont be able to defend myself, defend me,” he said.

“For two-and-a-half hours, the woman could not defend him. I had asked a straight question — answer yes or no — but she couldnt answer,” the Congress chief said, using the word mahila for a woman in his speech in Hindi.

In his public meeting a few hours later in Agra, Modi accused Congress leaders of insulting the countrys women.