On Friday as he was heading to Parliament, Union New and Renewable Energy Minister Farooq Abdullah put his foot in his mouth with his controversial comment against women.
Abdullah speaking to the media said, "I'm scared to talk to a woman these days. I don't even want to keep a female secretary, who knows, I might end up in jail because of a complaint. No, I'm not blaming the girls, I'm blaming society itself. The society has reached this point where now after one direction, it's putting pressure on everyone."
Women politicians reacted strongly to the statement with Meneka Gandhi saying, "Dr. Abdullah takes everything lightly, even Kashmir. His ministry is in a mess. All you see Dr. Abdullah doing is dancing in photographs and going abroad."
"It is a very very demeaning comment by such a senior political leader," said Smriti Irani as she commented on Abdullah's faux-pas statement.
Ambika Soni defended her party's ally as she said, "Its not like that, he must be kidding. I don’t expect such comments from him."
Omar Abdullah took to Twitter after hearing his father's comments and tweeted,
I'm sure the attempt wasn't to trivialise important issue of women's security so I hope dad apologises for the misplaced attempt at humour.
— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) December 6, 2013
After coming out of Parliament, the minister spoke to the media yet again and he said, "I apologise for something that I didn't mean. My words have been misunderstood. Did not want to demean women. Sometimes say things in a light way. I was in Parliament, how will I talk to Omar Abdullah? Will God come and make us talk? The media hypes everything."