National COmmission for Women (NCW) chairperson Mamta Sharmas remark that the word sexy should not be taken in a negative connotation has drawn the ire of women rights activists who demanded her resignation even as she rebutted criticism saying the comment was made in a broad context.
She can say whatever she wants to as Mamata Sharma but as the head of NCW,she cant make such ridiculous statements. Even the law says sexually coloured remarks are tantamount to harassing women. For her (Sharma),the remark might not mean anything,but we see it as a way of promoting violence, said PUCL general secretary Kavita Srivastava. She said Sharma must take moral responsibility for her irresponsible remark and step down from her post.
At a function in Jaipur on Saturday,the NCW chairperson said sexy meant beautiful and charming so it should not be taken in a negative sense.
Boys pass comments on girls terming them sexy but sexy means beautiful and charming. We should not see it in a negative sense, she had said at the function held by a womens organisation.
It is shocking that Sharma is commenting on how women and girls should receive the word sexy. We are outraged and shocked by what she has said, womens organisations in Rajasthan said in a joint statement.
Joining the chorus against the remark,BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said the statement should not have been made even if there was no malafide intention involved. I think any statement which leads to the commodification of women should not be said even if there is no malafide intention. Caution must be exercised while making statements,especially by women who occupy positions of significance, she told PTI.
Reacting to the incident,the CPM said the real issue was lost in the controversy.
Focus on a particular word is misplaced. Any word that is unsolicited or unwanted,which is about,on or to a woman,is an offence. That is the real issue,not just the word, said CPM leader and prominent womens rights activist Brinda Karat.
Seeking to downplay the controversy,Sharma said she had made the remark in a broader context since she was addressing the youth.
My remark was made in the broader context since I was addressing the youth. But the same does not imply for strangers or roadside Romeos who use the word sexy to tease girls. That is condemnable, she told PTI.