Bharatiya Janata Party leader K.J. Alphons on Wednesday filed a petition against Aam Aadmi Party leader Kumar Vishwas with the National Human Rights Commission for his objectionable remarks about nurses from Kerala.
Mr. Vishwas had made derogatory references to women and nurses from Kerala in particular at a ‘Kavi-Sammelan’ in 2008, the video footage of which has been in circulation. Following widespread criticism and disapproval of his comments, the AAP leader apologised for his remarks on Wednesday.
The BJP leader however has sought “civil and criminal proceedings against" the AAP leader for his comments termed as “racist and sexist”. Mr. Alphons said the AAP leader was trying to create “stereotypes and associated indignities on a class of people who have done India proud.”
Speaking to The Hindu, Mr. Alphons said: “The comments made by Mr. Kumar Vishwas are against the idea of India. We are a multi-racial, multi-language people who have lived peacefully for years; his comments threaten the very fabric of India and are worse than murder.”
Seeking action against the AAP leader, Mr. Alphons in his petition to the NHRC has said the disparaging comments made against the nursing community has caused great damage to the dignity of the entire class of people who are doing selfless service to humanity.
“A highly dignified profession of nursing has been belittled in the eyes of the world. His statements are defamatory, derogatory, blasphemous, scandalous and scurrilous. It is a violation of basic human rights to be judged by the colour of one’s skin. It is also complete violation of the basic human rights of woman as a class to be portrayed as a sex object,” the BJP leader’s petition reads.