|The torrent of foot-in-mouth ‘regressive’ comments about women made by some influential people in the wake of the ghastly December 16 gang rape in Delhi has left many aghast. The latest to be embarrassed is Ayesha Takia whose father-in-law recently made an appalling comment about how women should move about in public.
Ayesha’s father-in-law Abu Azmi, a Samajwadi Party leader, said: “Young girls and women must not roam around with any men except their parents, brothers or husband... Having boyfriends and girlfriends has become a fashion in cities. This is why number of rapes is higher in urban areas compared to rural parts of the country.”
The comment created a furore, and Ayesha Takia too wasn’t spared of the barbs from her followers on Twitter, so much so that she had to clarify to the fans.
“Comments made by anyone, even someone close to me, when they are regressive, they do not reflect my thoughts and mindset. I’m an individual and have my own mentality which doesn't match any regressive way of thinking at all!” Ayesha Takia wrote on Twitter.
Being more direct, she added: “My father-in-law is the head of our family, we all love and respect him a lot. I have my own mindset which doesn’t have to match with everyone, even when it’s someone I care for, love and respect deeply.”
Even Ayesha’s husband Farhan Azmi, a popular restaurateur, did not agree with his father’s comment.
“For the first time, I felt the person making those statements is not my dad,” said Farhan Azmi.
Meanwhile, Farhan’s dad, the 57-year-old Abu Azmi, has refused to apologize for his comment.