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Azam Khan controversy: Candidates like him should be banned from polls, says NCW chairperson

Azam Khan had made a ‘khaki’ comment on film actor and BJP candidate Jaya Prada. Sharma had taken note of the remark and had even tweeted against it terming the comment ‘extremely disgraceful’.

chandigarh Updated: Apr 27, 2019 21:57 IST
Arshdeep Arshi
Arshdeep Arshi
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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National Commission for Women chairperson Rekha Sharma(HT Photo)

People like Azam Khan should be banned from contesting elections, said chairperson of the National Commission for Women (NCW) Rekha Sharma while speaking over vulgar remarks made by SP candidate from Rampur Azam Khan on BJP candidate Jaya Prada. “I always tell women not to vote for such kind of people who give statements against women,” she said. Rekha Sharma was in Chandigarh for a lecture on gender equality at Panjab University.

Azam Khan had made a ‘khaki’ comment on film actor and BJP candidate Jaya Prada. Sharma had taken note of the remark and had even tweeted against it terming the comment ‘extremely disgraceful’.

Sharma said, “We had taken a suo moto in this case. We had written to the Election Commission to act on this. They acted against Azam Khan but I still think it was not a proper punishment.”

Sharma declined to comment on the allegations of sexual harassment levelled against the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi by a former woman apex court staffer. She said, “It is a matter of court and it is in the court. They have made a committee and it will take care of the matter.”

All kinds of complaints are received by the National Commission for Women but the number of domestic violence complaints always remain high, Sharma said. She said the number of sexual harassment at workplace complaints and complaints of NRI marriage related issues are on the rise with every year.

According to the annual reports of NCW, it received 2,371 complaints of domestic violence in 2017-18, 666 complaints of sexual harassment at workplace and 512 complaints of NRI marriage related issues (highest in Punjab – 67).

Talking about the pendency, Sharma said there is no pendency at our end. “Pendency is in the closing of the cases because replies have to come from police and other parties. And sometimes the cases are in the court..”

Sharma said, “The NCW is visible everywhere these day. We have a vast mandate and we are working on it.”

First Published: Apr 27, 2019 21:57 IST