Tejashwi Yadav, Deputy Chief Minister and RJD leader, skipped the event while RJD leader Alok Mehta, a cabinet minister was present at the event.
The National Commission for Women (NCW) on Thursday took cognizance of the incident in Patna where an IAS officer had publicly mocked a school girl if “she wanted condoms too” when she asked for affordable sanitary napkins at a workshop organized in the eastern state of Bihar.
The Commission has sought a written explanation for the remarks that IAS officer Harjot Kaur Bhamra, who is also the MD of Bihar Women and Child Development Corporation gave to the students.
“The reply must be communicated within seven days,” said NCW after coming across various social media posts regarding the “embarrassing” incident.
Condemning the incident, NCW said that such an “insensitive attitude” from a person in a responsible position is condemnable and “extremely shameful”.
As per an official statement by the Commission, its Chairperson Rekha Sharma has written to the IAS Harjot Kaur Bhamra, seeking a written explanation for her inappropriate and highly objectionable remarks.
More details into the matter are awaited.
On Wednesday, Bharatiya Janata Party’s Amrita Rathod took a dig at the Bihar government and said, “Now meet the IAS of Nitish-Tejashwi Sarkar. Harjot Kaur will send daughters of Bihar to Pakistan on asking for sanitary napkins.”
In the event, the girl had asked the IAS officer if it could provide them with sanitary napkins in cheaper amounts to which a number of praises were received but the IAS Bhamra seemed upset with the question and asked if there is any end to the demands.
“Today you are asking for sanitary, tomorrow you will need jeans, then good shoes and when the question of family planning will arise, you will ask for condoms too,” she replied.
Meanwhile, ensuring action in the matter, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar also called a meeting and said that they are helping women and monitoring everything.
“I have immediately called a meeting. We are helping to empower women. I am monitoring each and everything. Action will be taken,” Nitish Kumar said.