New Delhi, April 3: Strongly objecting to remarks made by BJP leader Giriraj Singh, British filmmaker Leslee Udwin who directed the controversial Nirbhaya documentary, ‘India's daughters', said that Singh is "no better than a rapist".
"This really sickens me. The hypocrisy of mini mouthed, unthinking comments by those who say my film gives platform to rapists, but why has Indian Parliament for many years, given a platform to politicians making such misogynist comments. They are no worse, no better than Mukesh Singh's comments," she was quoted as saying in IBN live report.
She said such ministers should be sacked immediately. " I think anyone who makes such a statement should be removed from office," she said.
At an event in Hajipur in Bihar on Tuesday, Giriraj Singh had said, "Had Rajiv Gandhi married a Nigerian and if she (Sonia) was not white-skinned, would the Congress have then accepted her leadership? It is her white skin which has brought her to the helm."
The union minister of state for micro, small and medium enterprises has, however, apologised and said it was an "off-the-record" remark.
Meanwhile, political leaders across the party line condemned the appalling comment by 62-year-old Giriraj Singh.
Congress senior leader Digvijay Singh said, "Action must be taken against him, The government must hold accountability."
Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, "The Congress strongly deprecates and condemns the intemperate and distasteful remarks of Union Minister Giriraj Singh bordering on insanity. It appears that continuous quest to appease Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made him lose his balance. Such remarks are reflective of lack of moral fiber in BJP and its cadre."
On Thursday, two Congress leaders in Bihar filed separate court cases against union minister Giriraj Singh for his allegedly racist remark about Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
(With agency inputs)