Sexist remarks on Kerala nurses: Kumar Vishwas's effigy burnt

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New Delhi, Jan 21: Controversy is not new to the AAP leader Kumar Vishwas, whose six-year-old YouTube video went viral in which he has allegedly made derogatory remarks on Kerala nurses by calling them as "kaali-peeli".

As it led to a stir on Monday, it was also reported that his 'effigy was burnt' by the protesters including members of Kerala's United Nurses Association (UNA).

The UNA state president Jasmin Shah sought an apology from him and said that their forum would send a legal notice to him.

"We will sue Kumar Vishwas under IPC 499 and 509", she further said.

Kumar Vishwas remarks on Kerala nurses

Vishwas made the objectionable remarks in 2008 during a stage show at the National Institute of Foundry and Forge Technology in Ranchi.

In a 23-minute YouTube video, he is heard as saying, "Pehle jab aadmi bimar padhta tha bechara purush to jata tha haspatal mein toh tassali rakhta tha. Pehle narsein jo thee Keral se aati thi, kaali peeli si. Toh moonh se 'sister' nikalta tha. Andar se aavaz nikalti thi ki 'Allah, sister hi ho!' Bahut saari ladkiyan profile pe photo lagati hi nahi, ki pata nahin kya ho jaye. Ab aaj kal to nurse bhi north India ki aane lagi, ekdum bilkul shandar."

Some Youth Congress activists vandalized newly inaugurated state committee AAP office at MG Road in Kochi, who claimed that AAP leader's remarks were laced with "sexist undertone".

Police said Youth Congress workers took out a march to the AAP office on MG road in Kochi and threw stones and ransacked the office. They reportedly threw eggs, broke some chairs and windowpanes.

They also shouted slogans against AAP and Vishwas, sources said.

The 45-year-old poet-turned-politician has earlier also been booked for hurting Muslim sentiments with objectionable comments on the procession of Muharram during a Kavi Sammelan.

Mallika Sarabhai, who recently joined AAP has also accused Vishwas of making misogynist and anti-minority comments.

AAP leader plays it down

"He was a bard and in a lot of these videos he is trying to raise a laugh. If it is objectionable he should be censured. Remember that this is a party of men and women from diverse backgrounds and upbringing, not all of whom are sensitized to gender or other issues. They need to be asked to watch carefully for comments that can be abrasive," Kamal Mitra Chenoy, former CPI member who just joined AAP, said.

FIR registered against Kumar Vishwas in Lucknow

Yesterday, Kumar Vishwas was also booked for allegedly hurting religious sentiments through his remarks in some videos available online.

"The case against Vishwas was filed by Ram Prasad Mishra, general secretary of Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Sewa Samiti, for allegedly hurting religious sentiments by making remarks against Karbala martyrs and some Hindu deities", police said in Lucknow on Monday.

"The FIR under Sections 295, 295 (a) (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion) of the IPC was registered on Sunday night at the Mahanagar police station. We are probing the charges," a senior police official said.

Kumar Vishwas's effigy burnt in Varanasi

On Sunday, Varanasi-based Aalmin society members reportedly burnt effigies of controversial AAP leader Kumar Vishwas and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and later dumped it in garbage.

Aalmin Society president Parvez Qadir Khan said that an FIR should be lodged against Vishwas and Kejriwal and also demanded that the Election Commission of India should scarp the AAP symbol and its registration.

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