Case against Azam Khan for ‘insulting’ Jaya Prada

Rampur: Samajwadi Party candidate Azam Khan was accused of making controversial statements against his BJP counterpart, Jaya Prada in UP’s Rampur constituency, has been asked to provide an explanation by the National Commission for Women following a show cause notice issued by her and has been charged in an FIR.

A case has been booked under IPC Section 509 for insulting the modesty of a woman. While campaigning on Sunday, in his address, he remarked, ‘the underwear beneath is of the khakhi colour’ which was presumed to be targetting his former colleague and actor-turned-politico, Jaya Prada. However, justifying his act, today he claimed that he did not charge her and said he never made a mention of her name.

Further, he stated that he would not take part in the elections if proven guilty. “I have not named or insulted anyone and I know what I should say,” Azam Khan told ANI on the crude remarks. He also claimed that he remarked in the context of a ‘man’ who had reportedly said he has 150 rifles and would charge Azam Khan if he gets to see him. “Now, it has been revealed that he has an RSS pant on his body. Shorts are worn by men,” he said.

In his rally on Sunday, he stated, “For 10 years the person sucked the blood of Rampur, I held that person’s finger and brought the person to Rampur. I made her familiar with the streets of Rampur. I didn’t let anyone touch her. No dirty words were used. You made the person your representative for 10 years. I realised in 17 days that the underwear beneath is of the khaki colour.”

NT Bureau