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Cong protests dress remark

New Delhi, Aug. 8 (PTI): The Congress today protested in the Rajya Sabha against a Telugu Desam MP’s comments in the lower House yesterday about how women should dress.

After the House had paid homage to freedom fighters on the eve of the Quit India Movement anniversary, Congress MPs were on their feet demanding action against M. Murli Mohan who had asked women to dress in a dignified manner. The comment had drawn immediate protests from women members in the Lok Sabha, one of whom said he should be asked to leave the House.

In the Rajya Sabha today, Viplove Thakur of the Congress stood up to say the remarks display the mentality of the MP and demanded action against him. Other members joined in the protest.

Amid the din, BJD members stood up to raise the issue of floods in Odisha.

As the uproar continued, chairman Hamid Ansari adjourned the House for 15 minutes. Normality was restored when it reassembled.

Mohan had made the comment during a debate on atrocities on women and children. “To uphold the tradition of our Indian culture, I would earnestly appeal to all my sisters, daughters and girls to dress dignifiedly,” the Desam MP had said.

He later told journalists he would not mind withdrawing his statement if it had disturbed women. “If they feel it is bad, then I don’t mind withdrawing (my statement). It they are disturbed by the statement... I will apologise,” he said.

Photo summons

The Maharashtra Women’s Commission has summoned Mumbai-based fashion photographer Raj Shetye for a controversial series of photographs titled The Wrong Turn that have caused a furore on social media because of similarities with the December 2012 Delhi gang rape.

Shetye, who has denied that the series depicted the gang rape of a 23-year-old on a Delhi bus, has not responded to the summons and is not taking calls or answering emails.