Hours after union minister Farooq Abdullah said he was afraid of talking to women, fearing cases of sexual misconduct, his son and Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said his father must apologise.
"I am sure the attempt wasn't to trivialise important issue of women's security, so I hope dad apologises for the misplaced attempt at humour," Omar wrote on micro-blogging website Twitter.
Farooq was being criticised for being "sexist and insensitive" by media, following his comments outside Parliament House. The union minister had said he was afraid to talk to women, fearing that he might end up in jail.
Netizens reacted to Omar's tweet, saying he was "trying to exonerate his father by brushing aside the remark as a bad joke".