| Friday December 06, 2013, New Delhi
Union minister Farooq Abdullah has landed in a controversy after he stated today that he is afraid of talking to women for fear of ending up in jail. "These days, I am afraid of talking to women. In fact I don't even want to keep a woman secretary, god forbid, if there's a complaint against me and I end up in jail. Such is the state of affairs today. I agree that incidents of rape have increased...but this has to stop somewhere," he said.
The minister later claimed his remarks had been misconstrued and that he has "the greatest respect for women."