BJP MP from Bengaluru, Tejasvi Surya, has landed in hot water for a controversial tweet posted five years ago regarding women of Arab countries, which has now gone viral on social media.
Even though he has deleted the tweet, screenshots of the same are doing rounds on twitter, attracting vehement criticism towards the 29-year-old South Bengaluru MP.
"95% Arab women have never had an orgasm in the last few hundred years! Every mother has produced kids as act of sex and not love:@TarekFatah," Surya had tweeted on March 23, 2015, quoting Canadian-Pakistani author Tarek Fatah.
The deleted tweet can be found in the digital archive of the World Wide Web maintained by the Wayback Machine
The five-year-old tweet has been criticised by netizens as "misogynistic" and humiliating towards Arab women.
"He not only insult the Arab women but also showed his mentality towards women," a Twitter user wrote.
This is really rediculus statement given by @Tejasvi_Surya, which he deleted later.— Sumra (@Sumra_tweets) April 19, 2020
He not only insult the #Arab women but also showed his mentality towards women.
He showed with which values n ethics he grew up. Mr PM @narendramodi what action u r going to take against your MP? pic.twitter.com/F3PP3tNBG8
The Congress too criticised Surya, with its spokesperson Sanjay Jha saying that the post had made India "embarrassed, humiliated".
The BJP gives tickets to Praggya Singh Thakur and #TejasviSurya etc because it helps popularise their hardline bigoted political profile.— Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay) April 20, 2020
But the chickens usually come home to roost. Today, India stands embarrassed, humiliated.
Some came to Surya's defence saying the tweet was only quoting Tarek Fatah.
However, another tweet by Surya in reply to the original post says he "agreed" with Fatah. The corresponding tweet has not been deleted yet.
Few intellectuals from Arab countries also voiced their criticism against the tweet.
Abdur Rahman Nassar, an intellectual from Kuwait, tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking for Surya's membership of Parliament to be dropped.
Mejbel Al Sharika, a Kuwaiti human rights lawyer, tagged PM Modi asking for "punitive action" against the Bengaluru MP.
@PMOIndia Respected Prime minister @narendramodi India's relation with the Arab world has been that of mutual respect. Do you allow your parliamentarian to publicly humiliate our women? We expect your urgent punitive action against @Tejasvi_Surya for his disgraceful comment. pic.twitter.com/emymJrc5aU— Ø§ÙÂÂÂÂÙÂÂÂÂ ØØ§ÙÂÂÂÂ ÙÂÂÂÂâÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÙÂÂÂÂ Ø¬Ø¨ÙÂÂÂÂ Ø§ÙÂÂÂÂØ´Ø±ÙÂÂÂÂÙÂÂÂÂØ© (@MJALSHRIKA) April 19, 2020
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