Exactly two days after joining the Central ruling BJP, actor turned politician Khushbu Sundar has invited a new tension after the non-governmental organization, which has been campaigning for the rights of disabilities, has filed police complaints against the politician after she made derogatory remarks.
The National Platform for the Right of the Disabled (NPRD) has, on Wednesday, said that it has filed police complaints in different districts of Tamil Nadu against Khushbu Sundar after she said that she had resigned from the mentally retarded party. The veteran actor had twisted the tale and she had joined the BJP in Delhi on Monday, hours after she had tendered her resignation to the Congress party.
Sending her resignation letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Khushbu said that she was pushed and suppressed by the party. After joining the Central ruling party, she hailed Prime Minister Modi as the leader who can put the country in the right direction, and on Tuesday, she reached Chennai from Delhi with the new face and voice of supporting the BJP ahead of the Tamil Nadu legislative elections.
Upon her arrival, the BJP functionaries of the state had given her a warm welcome at the airport and while addressing the reporters, Khusbhu said that the Congress party is the mentally retarded party and claimed that the oldest party would soon realize what they have lost. Flaying the state Congress unit, the veteran actor said that the Tamil Nadu Congress Unit had become impaired cognitive functions and stated that there is no respect for people in the oldest party and those who exited.
After she had mentioned the Congress as the mentally retarded party, it had drawn major flak from the disabled group and the NPRD had filed complaints against the actor turned politician. According to reports, NPRD General Secretary Muralidharan said complaints have been lodged in nearly thirty police stations. He said that the complaint has also been lodged with the Chennai Police Commissioner's office.
The complaints have also been filed in Chennai, Kanchipuram, Chengalpet, Madurai, Coimbatore, Tirupur, and among other places. The organization has said that Khusbhu has every right to politically voice against the rivals and airing derogatory remarks against the disabilities are unacceptable and the NPRD had strongly condemned the insensitive remarks made by the actor turned politician.
NPRD, which has been working to create awareness about the rights of people with disabilities, said that the country and politicians need to understand that such insults and humiliation are also prohibited by law. Following NPRD, the Tamil Nadu Association for Rights of All Types of Differently Abled and Caregivers (TARATDAC) has also decided to file a police complaint against Khusbhu for making derogatory remarks.
However, after having been caught in controversy, Khushbu had regretted making the derogatory remarks. On Wednesday, she offered her regret and said that she had made the statement under deep pain and grief and assured the disabled people that she won't be uttering any derogatory remarks in the future against them. The regret comes after the groups had approached the police station with a complaint against her.
According to reports, if found guilty under section 92 (a) of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, a person can attract imprisonment for a term of not less than six months and it may be extended to five years with the penalty.