AAP leader Ashutosh to appear before women panel on Thursday
| Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 18:51
New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party leader Ashutosh is to appear before the National Commission for Women (NCW) on Thursday to give explanation for his article in defence of sacked Delhi minister Sandeep Kumar.
"I have decided to appear before NCW tomorrow (Thursday) as I have been asked by the panel, to present my views," Ashutosh tweeted.
The NCW on Monday summoned Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Ashutosh for "demeaning" women through an article he wrote in defence of Kumar, who was sacked over a "sex video".
Kumar has since been booked for rape and arrested after the woman featuring in the video filed a complaint with police.
In his article which was published on NDTV website on September 1, Ashutosh had said a public figure is entitled to his or her private space and they should not be chased, suggesting that what Kumar did in private should not be a matter of debate and also that the liaison between Kumar and the woman could have been consensual.
He said that tall public figures such as Jawaharlal Nehru, Mahatma Gandhi, Atal Behari Vajpayee and George Fernandes had relations with more than one women but this aspect of their life was seldom discussed or held against them.
NCW chairperson Lalitha Kumaramangalam had said on Monday that the language of the article was derogatory and "demeaning" towards women.