Retired Supreme Court Justice and former Press Council chairperson Markandey Katju drew flak on social media on Friday after he tweeted that he considered Shazia Ilmi more beautiful than Kiran Bedi and if she had been made BJP's CM candidate, the party would have won the elections.
Going a step further, Katju said that people vote for beautiful faces, like in Croatia, and if Ilmi was the candidate, even someone like him who does not vote would have voted for her. When someone responded to him to say he should consider his age, he responded with a Hindi quotation, 'my heart is still young."
When the criticism started flowing for his sexist comment, Katju said people should develop a sense of humour, it was said in a lighter vein and should be construed as such. He then blogged, "what is wrong with you people? By admiring a beautiful flower, I am not plucking it, and by admiring a beautiful garden from a distance, I am not trespassing into it. Similarly, if I admire a beautiful woman, I am not misbehaving with her or taking liberties with her."
But most people on Twitter did not find it funny, for Katju has been making what many consider downright offensive remarks on social media in recent weeks.
I regard Shazia Ilmi much more beautiful than Kiran Bedi. If Shazia had been made their C.M. candidate BJP wud have definitely won the Delhi— Markandey Katju (@mkatju) January 30, 2015
elections. People vote for beautiful faces, as in Croatia. Even a person like me who does not vote wud have voted for Shazia.— Markandey Katju (@mkatju) January 30, 2015
Some people objected to my last tweet. My response is : develop a sense of humour. The tweet was in lighter vein,& shud be construed as such— Markandey Katju (@mkatju) January 30, 2015