Woman remark: Farooq Abdullah apologises

New Delhi, Dec 6 : Union New and Renewable Energy Minister Farooq Abdullah on Friday apologised for saying that he is scared to talk to women fearing he might be jailed.

"My words have been misunderstood. I did not want to demean women," said Farooq Abdullah.

"Women should get their respect. I apologise if something has been said by which I did not mean. I am sorry," he said.

Earlier in the day, while commenting on retired Supreme Court judge Justice AK Ganguly being accused of sexually harassing a law intern, Farooq Abdullah said: "The situation is such that these days I am scared to talk to a woman. I don't even want to keep a female secretary. Who knows, I might end up in jail because of a complaint."

"However, I am not blaming women for this situation. I am blaming the society where it tends to put pressure on everyone," he told reporters outside the Parliament.

Immediately after his comment, his son and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said he must apologize for his remark.

"I'm sure the attempt wasn't to trivialise important issue of women's security so I hope dad apologises for the misplaced attempt at humour," tweeted Omar Abdullah.

Meanwhile, Farooq Abdullah's comment was slammed by women MPs and ministers.

Union Minister of State Women and Child Development Krishna Tirath said: "The comment was inappropriate."

"When men say they are afraid of hiring or talking to women as Farooq Abdullah did. They are visibly a victim of their own insecurity!" tweeted former IPS officer and social activist Kiran Bedi.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Smriti Irani said: "It is a very inappropriate comment, especially to be made on the steps of Parliament. The comment indicates that women are only hired so that they can be called up unfavourably or they can be demeaned."

--IBNS (Posted on 06-12-2013)

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