New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee's daughter Sharmishtha Mukherjee on Thursday apologized for his brother Abhijeet Mukherjee's remark that not the students, but dented-painted women are protesting against Delhi gang rape incident.
Earlier today, in an interview to ABP Ananda, a Bengali news channel, Abhijeet Mukherjee said, "This is almost like the Pink Revolution. These pretty women, dented and painted, who come for protests are not students. These women who are protesting have no contact with ground reality."
According to news channels Sharmishtha has expressed shock over Abhijeet's statement, and said that if her brother has made such remarks she apologies on his behalf.
"Abhijeet's remark is shocker, as a family I don't agree with his statement. I will take up it with him," said Sharmishtha.
However, Abhijeet Mukherjee, who is Congress's sitting MP from Jangipur has alleged that he was being misquoted and also apologized saying he didn't want to hurt anyone's sentiment.
Meanwhile, his comments drew flak from women activists and politicians including Brinda Karat and Subhashini Ali.
"It is such an awful statement. He should apologize to the country. He has insulted women of the nation. MPs and MLAs are giving such statements; action should be taken against them. The statement shows his sick and pervert mentality," said Brinda Karat.
Renowned women right activist and All India Democratic Women Association (ANI) president Subhashini Ali and BJP leader Smriti Irani also criticized Abhijeet's comment and said that he must apologize publicly.