Agencies, New Delhi, Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah, who created a controversy by saying that the situation is so bad that he is afraid of speaking to women these days, today apologised for his remarks.
”If I said something that hurt sentiments, then I am sorry. My comments were misconstrued,” Mr Abdullah said.
But his remarks attracted sharp reactions from different quarters.
”Dr Abdullah, what have you gone and said! Expect more sensitivity from a senior public figure. And the father of a daughter,” AITC MP Derek O’Brien said on Twitter.
Social activist Kiran Bedi criticised Dr Abdullah for his comment.
”When men say they are afraid of hiring or talking to women as Farooq Abdullah did. They are visibly a victim of their own insecurity!
”Its becoming evident for ‘unsure bosses/men’ that its not going to be the same, as was, with women at the work places! They are getting their voice,” she 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,” the Union Minister’s son and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted.
BJP MP Smriti Irani expressed surprise over senior Abdullah’s remarks and said it was ‘inappropriate’ for a senior Union Minister to make such a statement.