Law minister condemns ‘cheap comment’ on Saina Nehwal, says it reveals person’s ‘ignoble mentality’

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Actor Siddharth, who made the tweet, has issued a ‘clarification.’ However, the NCW has written to Twitter demanding that his account be blocked.

Amid massive outrage over actor Siddharth’s ‘sexist’ tweet targeting ace shuttler Saina Nehwal, Union law minister Kiren Rijiu on Tuesday expressed solidarity with his fellow BJP leader, saying that a ‘cheap comment’ on her exposes the person’s ‘ignoble mentality.’

“India is proud of @NSaina for her outstanding contributions in making India a sporting powerhouse. She is a steadfast patriot besides being an Olympic medalist. Making a cheap comment on such an icon personality depicts a person’s ignoble mentality,” Rijiju shared on Twitter.

 

Siddharth, who has worked in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi films, finds himself in the eye of the storm over his response to Nehwal’s condemnation of the breach in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s security in Punjab last week. Responding to her tweet, he posted, “Subtle cock champion of the world…Thank God we have protectors of India.”

After the tweet, on Monday, received widespread attention and condemnation on social media, he issued a clarification, tweeting, “COCK and BULL. That’s the reference. Reading otherwise is unfair and leading! Nothing disrespectful was intended, said or insinuated. Period.”

 

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