Asha Mirge, a practicing doctor, is a member of the Nationalist Congress Party or NCP which co-governs Maharashtra with the Congress party.
When Ms Mirge made these comments on two cases of sexual violence that outraged the country, the NCP's Supriya Sule was seated next to her on stage. Ms Sule's father, Sharad Pawar, heads the NCP.
When asked today why she did not interject during Ms Mirge's speech, Ms Sule said it was a matter of respect. "She is older and senior," said Ms Sule, a member of Parliament. "I waited for her to finish and then in my speech, I clarified what she had said may not be appropriate."
Ms Sule said that Ms Mirge has apologized for her remarks. "She was just voicing her opinion. We should just let it be," said the young leader, adding, "she is not an embarrassment for the party."
Another NCP leader, Praful Patel, however, described the comments as "downright insensitive" and talked about disciplinary action.
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