Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan apologized to Rama Devi ON Monday for his sexist remarks in parliament which have evoked outrage.
Rama Devi, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, who earlier declared that she would never forgive him, today said his remark has “hurt both women and men in India”.
“He will not understand this. He has acquired really bad habits. I have not come here to hear such comments,” she added.
Devi was chairing proceedings when Khan made the remarks during Thursday’s debate on the triple talaq bill.
Azam Khan, who made headlines more than once with his offensive sexist comments, had claimed his remarks were misinterpreted.
“I have been an MLA for nine times, a minister several times, a Rajya Sabha member too. I was a parliamentary Affairs Minister too. I know legislative procedures. However, if my words hurt anyone, I hereby apologise,” Khan said, however he was vigorously criticised by colleagues across the board.
Replying to his apology Rama Devi said, “If Azam Khan had apologized for his indecent statement on the same day, I would have forgiven him. He even walked off on Thursday after making this comment – adding insult to injury.”.
“I will tell the Speaker that Azam Khan has not only embarrassed Rama Devi, but women across the country have been insulted. I will tell the Speaker Om Birla that Azam Khan needs to be given such exemplary punishment that is remembered for generations to come,” she also added.