Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has found himself in the midst of an unwanted controversy after he used the term item while talking about the incidents of crime against women in state during an interview on a news channel.
Agar koi bhi item… (fumbles) ladki pe koi bhi case hota hai,immediate flare up media kar deta hai (Whenever any item… case takes place with women,media flares up such incidents immediately), Sukhbir said while replying to a query on spurt in crime against women on Teekhi Baat with Prabhu Chawla. The episode was aired on IBN7 on July 28.
The Punjab Congress latched on to the remarks with its women wing demanding that Sukhbir tender an unconditional apology to the women in state.
It was a shameful act on the part of the deputy CM. He has not only belittled the women folk but also failed to keep the dignity of the position he enjoys in the state. He should tender an apology to the women in the state, Nimisha Mehta,vice-president,Punjab Mahila Congress,said on Monday.
In a statement,Mehta said it was not the first time that Sukhbir has belittled women. Recalling an earlier incident,she said that Sukhbir had asked a woman journalist to repeat the abuse that his brother-in-law and Punjab Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia had allegedly hurled abuses at Congress legislators on the floor of the Vidhan Sabha.
She recalled another such incident,this one involving Sukhbirs father and Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. When asked about some buffaloes that Badals had sought to be brought from Pakistan,the Punjab CM had said that majhan hi magvaian han,memman ni (we have brought only buffaloes,not beautiful women), Mehta alleged in her statement.
She said it shows the the mentality of the ruling Badals towards the women. This is the same SAD-BJP government,which had earlier taken a decision to get reduced the punishments of some rapists but had to retract following political and public uproar, she said,adding that women are not safe in the Punjab under this government.