BAREILLY: Over a month after Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan was disqualified from the UP Assembly following his conviction in a hate speech case, police filed another FIR against him for allegedly making “offensive remarks against women” while recently campaigning for the party’s candidate ahead of the Rampur bypoll.
The SP leader has been booked following complaints by a “few local women” in Rampur. Circle officer of Rampur city, Anuj Chaudhary, told TOI, “The FIR was registered late on Thursday under IPC sections 354a (sexual harassment), along with sections 294b (obscene acts in or near public place), 153a (promoting enmity between two groups), 505-2 (public mischief), 509 (insulting the modesty of a woman), 504 (intentional insult) and 125 (waging war against any Asiatic power in alliance with the government of India) of the IPC. We are analysing the video of the speech and will send it to a forensic lab.”
In a viral video, Azam could be heard purportedly saying, “SP (Samajwadi Party) never tried to divide humans… Whatever is happening to you and me right now (is wrong). I was a minister for four terms, and if I would have used power like this (government), then unborn kids would have asked their mothers if they had their permission to take birth.”
On Thursday night, several women arrived at Ganj police station and lodged a complaint against Azam for his comments. One of the women, on whose complaint the FIR was registered, said, “I felt bad, and all other women who have come with me were also hurt. Whatever he (Azam) said was not appropriate, he shouldn’t have used such language.”
SP district president Virendra Goyal said Azam’s statement was misinterpreted, “and this (BJP) government is doing everything possible to harass him and his family”.

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