New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi has attracted the attention of the National Commission for Women (NCW)  by making a sexist remark while addressing a rally in Jaipur. The NCW has sent a notice to Rahul on Thursday over his remark on Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. (Also read: Rahul, Sitharaman Indulge in Twitter War Over Rafale)

Addressing a rally, Rahul on Wednesday had asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi ‘to be a man ‘. He had said PM Modi couldn’t defend himself in Parliament on Rafale deal so got a woman to do so, in an obvious reference to Sitharaman who spoke in Lok Sabha over the contentious issue.

Speaking to ANI, NCW chief Rekha Sharma said, “We’ve asked explanation from Rahul Gandhi for why he said what he said yesterday in two tweets. The statement was pathetic, sexist and misogynistic. That’s why we’ve sent him a notice. He has to explain what he means when he is trying to talk low of women.”

Earlier, Sharma had tweeted, “What is Rahul Gandhii trying to imply with his misogynistic statement: ‘Ek mahila say kaha meri raksha kiijiye’? Does he think women are weak? The irony is calling an accomplished defence minister of the largest democracy a weak person.”

Meanwhile, Rahul had gone on to tweet on the same, although it was toned down a bit. He wrote, “With all due respect Modi Ji, in our culture respect for women begins at home. Stop shaking. Be a man and answer my question: Did the Air Force and Defence Ministry object when you bypassed the original Rafale deal?”

Prime Minister Modi didn’t spare Rahul either. At a public meeting in Agra on Wednesday, he said, “This is an insult to the women in the country.” Adding that Sitharaman had given “fact after fact” in Lok Sabha on the Rafale deal, he said, “They are bent upon insulting a woman defence minister.”