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Zeliang apologises for alleged �sexist� remark

By Correspondent

DIMAPUR, March 3 - Nagaland Opposition leader TR Zeliang has apologised for his alleged �sexist remark� during the recently-concluded session of Nagaland Assembly.

The senior NPF leader in his remark during a debate on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, on February 25 in the Assembly said �some men can please two girls, but no man can serve two masters�.

In a statement on Saturday, Zeliang said the phrase he had uttered was in �good vein� as humorous description of events or topics under discussion was a normal practice and known to all members of the Assembly.

He said it was never intended to hurt the sentiments of any section of the society, particularly women.

�However, if it has hurt the feelings of any section of the society, I apologise and retract my statement,� he said.

The ruling Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party�s women organisation on Thursday demanded that Zeliang offer a public apology to all women and retract his remark made in the Assembly.

According to the women�s wing, such �callous and insensitive language� was not only unbecoming of a person of the stature of a leader of Opposition, who was also a former Chief Minister, but also a �direct insult and degrading� to all women.

�When people the world over, including in India and Nagaland, are trying to fight against molestation, harassment and assault on women, we have a people�s leader who is making such remarks in a House of law makers,� the women wing of the ruling party exclaimed.

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