Source: AFP | 2012-12-28 | NEWSPAPER EDITION
THE Indian president's son landed himself in hot water with his own family yesterday for denigrating women who took part in mass protests over a gang-rape as being middle-aged and caked in makeup.
Abhijit Mukherjee, who is also a member of Parliament, came in for widespread condemnation after he said that many of those who have taken part in the nationwide protests were "dented and painted" women rather than students.
"These pretty women, dented and painted... have no contact with ground reality," Mukherjee told a news channel.
The phrase "dented and painted" is used by mechanics who mask the bruised bodywork and rust on second-hand vehicles with liberal coatings of paint.
Among the most vocal critics was his own sister Sharmishtha, who described his comments as "a bit of a shocker" and said her father, President Pranab Mukherjee, also disapproved.
"It is definitely something that we as a family definitely don't agree with," she told the NDTV network.
Mukherjee later issued an apology. "I apologize to all those people whose sentiment got hurt by these sentences and these sentences are withdrawn."