Rekha Sharma, the chief of the National Commission for Women (NCW), strongly criticized Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for his derogatory remarks about women made in the state Assembly. She likened his comments to "C-grade movie dialogue."
Shortly after Nitish Kumar issued an apology for his remarks and stated, "I apologize and take back my words," Sharma held a press conference to express her disapproval of his statement. She described his comments as reminiscent of low-quality film dialogues.
Sharma emphasized that such remarks have broader implications for women and society as a whole. She also expressed her disappointment with male MLAs in the House who were seen laughing at Kumar's remarks.
Sharma characterized Kumar's actions and gestures as "unfortunate and inappropriate" attempts at humor. Additionally, she raised concerns about the Assembly Speaker's failure to expunge Kumar's statements from the official records.
Sharma called for action to be taken against the Chief Minister and urged the Speaker to ensure that Kumar's statements were removed from the official records.
"National Commission for Women, vehemently condemns the recent statements made by Nitish Kumar in the Vidhan Sabha concerning women's fertility and education and linking it to the population of the country. Such remarks are not only regressive but also egregiously insensitive to women's rights and choices. Bihar's Chief Minister should issue an apology to women across the country for these deeply offensive remarks," NCW had posted on X on Tuesday.
(With Agency Inputs)