Wednesday, Aug 10, 2022

BJP MP Tejasvi Surya Draws Flak For Old Tweet On Arab Women, Hits Delete

The five-year-old tweet has been criticised by netizens for being 'misogynistic' and humiliating towards Arab women.

BJP MP From Bengaluru South, Tejasvi Surya ANI Photo

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.

The Congress too criticised Surya, with its spokesperson Sanjay Jha saying that the post had made India "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.