Amid outrage over his controversial remark, Kerala’s Poonjar MLA PC George on Wednesday said that he should not have made derogatory remarks about the nun who has accused a senior Roman Catholic priest of raping her.

George had triggered a major controversy last week as he questioned the character of the nun who was allegedly raped by Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulackal. He also went on to call her a prostitute.

“Is there any doubt that the nun is a prostitute? 12 times it was pleasure, 13th time it became a rape? Where was she when it happened 12 times? Whom is she telling this to? Why did she not complain on the first time it happened? Let the three sisters be examined. Let us see if they are holy,” the lawmaker had said.

While talking to a news channel, George today said that it was not right to call a woman prostitute.

“I shouldn’t have called any woman a prostitute. That wasn’t the right thing to do,” he told NDTV.

George faced outrage over his derogatory remarks and soon National Commission for Women also asked him to explain his comments.

NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma on Sunday said that such incidents are shameful.

Sharma noted that the commission would be writing to Kerala DGP Lokanath Behera to take action against such lawmakers.

The NCW chairperson said the nun was allegedly facing discrimination after levelling sexual assault charges against Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal and that she was not getting support from the church.

In July this year, the nun filed a complaint with the Kottayam district police chief, alleging that Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal had raped her and had unnatural sex with her multiple times at a small town near Kottayam between 2014 and 2016.

Mulakkal has claimed innocence and said the truth will come out in the police investigation.