A women’s rights activist has knocked the doors of a court in Kanpur against Union coal minister Sriprakash Jaiswal over his alleged sexist remarks demeaning women.
Kanpur-based activist Anita Dua in her petition before the chief metropolitan magistrate (CMM), Kanpur, has said Jaiswal’s remark was derogatory to women at large and could not be tolerated. “We have demanded that a case be registered against the minister under sections 294 and 500 of the IPC,” her advocate Anand Jaiswal told reporters. Speaking at a kavi sammelan in Kanpur to mark his birthday on Sunday, Jaiswal was reported to have said that old wives are no more fun. As news channels aired his statement, women’s groups took up cudgels against him. His effigies were burnt at several places on Wednesday, too. UP BJP Mahila Morcha president Madhu Misra has demanded Jaiswal’s resignation.