Bollywood actress Ayesha Takia has distanced herself from controversial comments made by her father-in-law, politician Abu Azmi. Mr Azmi, a Samajwadi Party leader, has provoked widespread outrage and criticism by saying that women having sex should be hanged.
Dor actress Ayesha, who married Mr Azmi's son Farhan in 2009, tweeted today: if wot im reading about my father in laws statements r true then me and Farhan are deeply embarrassed n ashamed...
She also tweeted: We surely do nottt share this mindset...its disrespectful to women.if these statements r true then its sad.
Husband Farhan, who is the Samajwadi Party's candidate for the Lok Sabha elections from the Mumbai North-Central seat, also tweeted: Spoke 2 my father about his comments.In my opinion on the topic of rape only 1 statement must b given without any explanation-hang da rapist
Mr Azmi was quoted by
as saying: "Any woman if, whether married or unmarried, goes along with a man, with or without her consent, should be hanged. Both should be hanged. It shouldn't be allowed even if a woman goes by consent."
His statement came in the wake of Samajwadi chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's declaration at a political rally in Uttar Pradesh in which he said "Ladkon se aisi galtiyan ho jati hain, to iska matlab yeh to nahi ki unhe phaansi de di jaaye (Boys make mistakes, but this doesn't mean you hang them)."
Ayesha, 27, began her career at 15 as the 'Complan girl' and has since appeared in music videos, films like Salman Khan's Wanted and on television as a host. She has a son with husband Farhan Azmi.