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Petition filed against Jaiswal for sexist remarks

Union minister for coal Shri Prakash Jaiswal courts further trouble with a petition being filed in the local court for his sexist remarks.

india Updated: Oct 03, 2012 14:25 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

Union minister for coal Sriprakash Jaiswal courts further trouble with a petition being filed in the local court for his sexist remarks.

Anita Dua, who runs an NGO Lakhsya, filed the petition in court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM). The court admitting the petition has asked Dua and others to record their statements on October 8.

Dua said she will submit CD containing the footage of minister making remarks and the newspaper clippings as evidence. “We are pressing for charges of defamation and obscene comments,” she said after filing the petition.

“I am shocked with his disdain and disrespect for the women. The words he used and the way he uttered were shameful. I cannot reproduce them if I am asked to,” she said.

Jaiswal could face maximum two years imprisonment on defamation charges and three months for obscene comments if found guilty.

The minister raised the storm following his remarks at a ‘Hasya Kavi Sammelan’ (poetry meet) held at the KK Girls College in Kidwai Nagar on Sunday night. The event was held to mark his 68th birthday by a non-political body—Aapke Ke Dost.

While comparing India’s win over Pakistan at the World T20 to a marriage, minister had said like a new victory, a new marriage has its own importance, but as time passes, like the victory, the old wife loses her charm.

The comment created a furore on Tuesday and organisation fighting for women rights burnt his effigies and blackened his posters and hoardings. The minister, however, has said his comment was misconstrued and blown out of the context.

The minister before leaving the city Tuesday noon suggested conspiracy to malign him and he would never say anything to hurt women.

First Published: Oct 03, 2012 14:23 IST