National Conference president and Union minister for new and renewable energy Dr Farooq Abdullah Friday apologised for his comment that “men are scared to talk to women, fearing they might end up in jail”. “I apologise if I said something I did not mean,” A TV Channel quoted Farooq as saying.
However, he blamed the media for kicking up a storm over his comment, which comes against the backdrop of sexual harassment allegations against Justice (retired) AK Ganguly and Tehelka founder-editor Tarun Tejpal.
Earlier, Farooq had said, “We don’t want women as personal secretaries. Men are scared to talk to women, fearing they might end up in jail.”
Farooq’s comments evoked sharp reactions on social network site Twitter.
The Chief Minister, and the son of Farooq, Omar Abdullah, had also sought an apology from his father. “I hope dad apologises for the misplaced attempt at humor.”