DAY TEN: From the News – “Minister Should Not Have Referred To My Looks And Womanhood”, says MP Rosy Senanayake

Originally from http://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sexist-remarks-minister-should-not-have-referred-to-my-looks-and-womanhood-rosy/

By Colombo Telegraph –

“I consider it as an insult. The minister should not have referred to my looks and womanhood in that manner,” says UNP MP Rosy Senanayake. Rosy Senanayake made these remarks against Transport Minister Kumara Welgama today.

Rosy Senanayake

Transport Minister Kumara Welgama told Parliament today he had no words to express his feelings towards UNP MPRosy Senanayake whom he described as ‘a charming and beautiful lady’. The Minister made these remarks when a question was directed at him by Ms. Senanayake during question time, according to Daily Mirror.

“I am so happy to answer a question by a beauty queen like Rosy Senanayake.   You are such a charming woman. I have no words to describe my feelings,” the minister said. He said, “I cannot explain my feelings here. But if you meet me outside Parliament, I will describe them.”

At this point, United National Party (UNP) MP Gamini Jayawickrama Perera made some remarks against the minister, Daily Mirror reported.

Rosy Senanayake said there was no need for the minister to make these remarks merely because of her as a woman. “I never insult women. It is a fact known to everybody,” the minister said.