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‘Rashtrapatni’ Row: Women’s Panel Issues Notice To Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

National Commission for Women chief said that the remark of Parliamentarian Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury towards the President of India is very derogatory.

Women panel's chief said that the Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury
Women panel’s chief said that the Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury “must apologise in writing”. (Photo: ANI)

New Delhi: National Commission for Women chief Rekha Sharma on Thursday called the ‘rashtrapatni’ remark by Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on President Droupadi Murmu “sexist” and stated that it shows his “mindset towards women”. Sharma said that the Congress leader “must apologise in writing” and asked the party’s interim president Sonia Gandhi to take action against him.

Mr Chowdhury on Thursday called President Murmu ‘rashtrapatni’, a remark for which he said he would apologise to the President personally. The remark sparked a row as the BJP demanded an apology from Sonia Gandhi.

Speaking to ANI, the NCW chief said, “The remark of Parliamentarian Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury towards the President of India is very derogatory. This sexist remark shows his mindset towards women. When he can speak like this towards the highest authority of India, how must he be behaving with others?”

She further informed that the Commission has written to Sonia Gandhi on the matter. “He must apologize, in writing. His party president should take action against him. We have also written to Sonia Gandhi Ji regarding the same. NCW has summoned AR Chowdhury; he must come and apologize,” Ms Sharma added.

Earlier on Thursday, the National Commission for Women (NCW) along with Chairpersons and other senior officials of different State Commissions for Women jointly condemned the objectionable remarks made by MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury against the President of India Droupadi Murmu, an official statement said.

In a joint statement, Chairperson Rekha Sharma and Chairpersons and representatives of State Commissions of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim, Nagaland, Telangana, Tripura, Odisha, Maharashtra, Manipur and Rajasthan, who were present at the quarterly meeting in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh have condemned the words used by Mr Chowdhury as an attempt to humiliate the President.

Observing that the remarks made are extremely derogatory, sexist and condemnable, the Commission has taken cognizance of the matter, the press note from NCW stated.

NCW has sent a notice to Mr Chowdhury to appear before the Commission in person and to tender a written explanation for his remarks.

The hearing has been scheduled for August 3 at 11:30 am. Earlier in the day, amid backlash over the “rashtrapatni” remark, Mr Chowdhury said that he can’t even think of insulting President Droupadi Murmu and he will personally meet her and apologise.

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