Kolkata/New Delhi, Dec 27: President Pranab Mukherjee's son Abhijit, a Congress MP, has landed in a controversy following his comments running down women who had been participating in the mass protests at Delhi after the Dec 16 gang-rape of a trainee physiotherapist.
Not only did Abhijit's sister Sarmishtha express "utter shock and anguish" at the remarks, she also apologised and asked her brother to do the same. Later Thursday, Abhijit offered an unconditional apology for his comments.
Speaking to a regional television channel in his earlier assembly constituency Nalhati in Birbhum district on Christmas Day, Abhijit Mukherjee said that "highly dented-painted" women visited discotheques and then appeared at India Gate to protest the Delhi bus gang-rape.
He also said the "Sundari, Sundari (beautiful) mahila (women)" were divorced from ground realities. He also wondered whether some of them were at all students.