A complaint has been lodged with the National Commission for Women (NCW) against senior advocate Ram Jethmalani for his “extremely impertinent” and “improper” comments on the minor girl who was allegedly sexually assaulted by godman, Asaram Bapu.

Mr. Jethmalani, who is Asaram Bapu’s counsel in the case, on Tuesday reportedly said that the girl “was afflicted with a chronic disease which draws a woman to a man,” and that “this was subject to police investigation.”

In his complaint, Uttar Pradesh-based IPS officer Amitabh Thakur noted that the statement was “insulting” and “derogatory” to the young girl who was facing the worst trauma of her life.

Considering the social position of Mr. Jethmalani and the weight that his words carried, the comments also went against the dignity of a woman, Mr. Thakur said.

While Mr. Jethmalani had the right to defend his clients, he had no right to make baseless comments against a helpless girl, who had come forward to register an FIR against an “extremely powerful and influential” person, the complaint said.

The officer has requested that NCW chairman Mamata Sharma immediately enquire into the matter and initiate legal proceedings as per the inquiry report.