BJP leader stokes controversy over remark against Muslim women
Bhubaneswar: A BJP leader stoked a controversy in the Odisha Assembly on Thursday when he said “Muslim women dominated the red-light areas of Mumbai and Kolkata” while speaking in support of the “triple talaq” bill. B C Sethi, the deputy leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the House, quoted “survey reports” from magazines and newspapers during Zero Hour to justify his claim even as members of the Congress and the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) demanded that the statement be immediately expunged from the records. “What is wrong in quoting survey reports in the House? I have not made any adverse remark against any community, but quoted survey reports that say Muslim women dominate the red-light areas in Mumbai and Kolkata,” Sethi said. He was replying to Congress members, who had criticised the Centre for pushing through the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill in Parliament.