Actor turned politician Jaya Prada on Monday broke her silence over senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan's appalling "Khaki underwear" remarks asking whether she should die and then Khan would be satisfied.
Hitting out at Azam Khan, an emotional Jaya asked what will happen if Khan wins the elections. However, at the same time, she asserted that she won't get scared and will not leave Rampur.
"He shouldn't be allowed to contest elections. Because if this man wins, what will happen to democracy? There'll be no place for women in society. Where will we go? Should I die, then you'll be satisfied? You think that I'll get scared & leave Rampur? But I won't leave," Jaya was quoted by ANI as saying.
Earlier in the day, Azam Khan attempted to defend his comment by saying that he did not make any misogynistic remark and the media was trying to "destroy him" by distorting his statement.
Speaking at an election rally in presence of SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, Khan made a reference to Jaya and said that "Someone that I mentored personally and introduced to Rampur, someone who led you as a leader or 10 years, you took 17 years to identify them but I recognised in just 17 days that even the underwear worn by them is coloured khakhi.”
Meanwhile, reactions have started to pour in from various political leaders to condemn Khan's remark. The National Commission for Women (NCW) has also sent a notice Khan terming his remarks as "offensive and unethical." It has asked him to provide a "satisfactory explanation" to the Commission regarding the matter.
Reacting to the remark, Union Minister Sushma Swaraj appealed to SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav to speak up against Khan. Drawing a parallel between Mahabharata character Bhishma Pitahmah and Samajwadi Party (SP) founder Mulayam Singh Yadav, Swaraj said, "Mulayam Bhai, you are the Pitamah of Samajwadi Party. Drauapdi's cheerharan has taken place in Rampur right before your eyes. Don't do the mistake of staying silent on this issue like Bhishm."