Actor Ayesha Takia criticises father-in-law Abu Azmi's women remark

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Mumbai, April 11: Bollywood actor Ayesha Takia on Friday expressed dismay at what her father-in-law and senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Abu Azmi said about women earlier in the day. Azmi, the SP's Maharashtra unit head, said in an interview to Mid-Day that women who had physical relations with men should be hanged. He also said that rape victims should be punished.

Azmi, 59, said this when he was asked for a reaction on the controversial remark made by his party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav at a rally in Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday. Yadav said that rapes are nothing but mistakes made by boys and that death penalty for rape could not be supported.

Azmi evaded the Mulayam issue saying he didn't know the context of the remark

Takia, wife of Farhan Azmi, who is a candidate of the SP from Mumbai North-Central constituency in this Lok Sabha election, said in a tweet that she and her husband were deeply embarrassed and ashamed by the words of her father-in-law. She also said in another tweet that they do not share such a mindset.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>We surely do nottt share this mindset...its disrespectful to women.if these statements r true then its sad.</p>— Ayesha Takia Azmi♡ (@Ayeshatakia) <a href="">April 11, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>if wot im reading about my father in laws statements r true then me and Farhan are deeply embarrassed n ashamed...</p>— Ayesha Takia Azmi♡ (@Ayeshatakia) <a href="">April 11, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

Farhan Azmi, who played an instrumental role in getting the Lok Sabha poll candidature of actor Kamal Rashid Khan from Mumbai North West constituency on a SP ticket scrapped after the latter allegedly posted derogatory remarks about her women colleagues, advocated death penalty for rapists.

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