Abu Azmi had caused a furore by saying that young women who go out skimpily dressed attract attention and face risks. "Such nudity must be banned. The censor board must not clear movies having explicit scenes which embarrass families watching them together," he said. Responding to this, his son Farhan said, "No one can argue that just because girls wear short dresses, rape is justified."
Abu Azmi had said, "Young girls and women must not roam around with any men except their parents, brothers or husband... Having boyfriends and girlfriends has become a fashion in cities. This is why number of rapes is higher in urban areas compared to rural parts of the country."
Farhan insisted that his father is open-minded and has let all his siblings do whatever they wanted to do. Defending his father, he said, "My father has never stopped me from going out in the night, nor my sisters. We all studied in a co-ed school, my siblings drive a car, we have both male and female friends. I myself am married to a Bollywood star and that too from another religion. It's hard to believe that the statements were made by my father."
Abu Azmi had even lauded RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's statements relating rape to Westernisation at his press conference, saying, "If he calls the sun the sun or the moon the moon, I cannot say he is wrong just because of our political differences."
Responding to this, Farhan said, "People like Mohan Bhagwat wear shorts, and even Asaram Bapu wears clothes that are insufficient to cover him fully. How can they ask others to wear clothes of their choice? My father made these comments under peer pressure, I myself regret his comments."
Ayesha Takia Azmi on Twitter
"Comments made by anyone, even someone close to me, when they are regressive, they do not reflect my thoughts and mindset. I'm an individual and have my own mentality which doesn't match any regressive way of thinking at all!"