Senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Ashutosh Tuesday hit back at the National Commission for Women (NCW) which issued him summons for his controversial blog post on ex-party member Sandeep Kumar.
“Registration of police cases and NCW can’t scare me !! I am born in free India, I am a proud indian !! Constitution is my religion !!” wrote Ashutosh on Twitter, stressing his opposition to the criticism of his blog post. He also asked whether an emergency situation prevailed in the country that he has to take permission from the government or the NCW before he expresses an opinion.
Registration of police cases and NCW can’t scare me !! I am born in free India, I am a proud indian !! Constitution is my religion !!
— ashutosh (@ashutosh83B) September 6, 2016
Sandeep Kumar, a former minister in the Delhi government, was sacked from the cabinet and later from the party after an ‘objectionable CD’ showing him in a controversial position with a woman was leaked to the media. Ashutosh wrote a column for NDTV.com explaining his position on the sex scandal.
The notice states that the NCW is ‘deeply disturbed’ by reports of the blog which it found to be ‘very objectionable and obnoxious’. The notice stated, “In the article, you have also referred to great leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru, Gandhiji, Atal Bihari Vajpayee.The NCW is therefore, extremely upset with such irresponsible, misogynist, disparaging views by persons holding responsible positions.”
Terming the blog as one that degrades women, NCW chairperson Lalitha Kumaramagalam said, “We found that the blog was very objectionable as the tone used against women was very demeaning. He jumped the gun in trying to defend someone who as it turns out is actually guilty.”
On Monday, the Delhi unit of the Congress party held a silent protest at Rajghat objecting to the statement made by Ashutosh on Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru in his blog post.