Khushbu Sundar, who recently joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has issued a statement apologising for calling the Congress a “mentally retarded” party.
She not only apologised for the “incorrect use of a couple of phrases”, but said she would ensure that this does not happen again.
“I’m terribly sorry for the incorrect use of a couple of phrases in a moment of hastiness, deep distress and anguish. Being a self-made woman, the insinuation that I was being directed and influenced by significant others in my decisions was both objectionable and misogynistic,” she said.
“I have struggled with mental health concerns in my own family and have friends who are capable leaders, insightful and dynamic and living with bipolar disorder and depression. For their friendship and wisdom, I’m richer! Not just am I sensitive to diversity amongst people, but value it and have gained hugely from it,” she said further.
“I realise that many leaders in the past have also made similar references and as much as I am disappointed by the inadvertent distress that I have caused many, equally I am now determined to ensure that I do not repeat this ever, whatever the motivation,” Khushbu added.
The Tamil Nadu Association for the Rights of All Types of Differently Abled and Caregivers (TARATDAC) on Wednesday filed complaints with the state police against actress-turned-politician Khushbu Sundar for allegedly using the remark “mentally retarded” to attack her political opponents.
“The remark made by Khusbhu Sundar is insulting to persons with disabilities and is humiliating of them. In her attempt to portray her political opponents in poor light and humiliate them she has intentionally insulted persons with disabilities,” S Namburajan, state general secretary of TARATDAC, said in a statement.