Lucknow: Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan has landed himself in a controversy he could have done without. While reports say an FIR has been registered against SP’s Rampur candidate for his comment on BJP rival candidate Jaya Prada, the National Commission for Women (NCW) has also issued a show-cause notice to him.

The notice calls Khan out for his sexist comments against a “lady politician”. It seeks a response from Khan for his comments and also expresses displeasure over how a person in a responsible position could make such an irresponsible comment. It says the comment was “offensive, unethical and shows disrespect towards the dignity and respect of women.”

NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma added, “We are also writing to EC to take strict action against him because he has to learn this lesson now. It’s high time, he has to stop this. Women are not sex objects. I think, women voters should vote against such kind of people who are treating women in such a way.”

Reacting to Khan’s comment, Jaya Prada said such a person shouldn’t be allowed to contest elections. “Because if this man wins, what will happen to democracy? There’ll be no place for women in society. Where will we go?” Addressing Khan, she said, “Should I die, then you’ll be satisfied? You think that I’ll get scared and leave Rampur? But I won’t leave.”

However, she added, “It isn’t new for me, you might remember that I was a candidate from his party in’09 when no one supported me after he made comments against me. I’m a woman and I can’t even repeat what he said. I don’t know what I did to him that he is saying such things (against me).”