It seems that Shashi Tharoor’s pun on Manushi Chhillar's surname and then her ‘chill’ apology did not go down very well with the National Commission for Women as the NCW chairman has condemned him for his remark.
NCW chairman Rekha Sharma while speaking to Republic TV said that she did not expect a remark from someone as educated as Shashi Tharoor.
“Though he apologised, he does not seem genuine with his apology. He is telling people to chill. If he really wants to apologise, he should be serious about it and not make fun out of it,” she said.
“He should be more serious about his work and should stop looking at just increasing the number of his Twitter followers,” she added.
She further said that Chhillar's replies in the pageant were appreciated across the world.
"I would request and suggest him to apologise properly to the nation because he has not hit below the belt only to the girl but the entire nation because she has brought fame and name to the nation."
"By summoning, I did not mean to book him or go to police but we just want him to realize what he has said was wrong," Sharma said.
Earlier in the day, Sharma slammed Tharoor taking to her Twitter handle. "Mr @ShashiTharoor even your apology dosent seem genuine. Think u r in too much of chill mode. Need to thaw you brain before you write another humorous pun," she wrote.
Following Chhillar's victory at the Miss World 2017 pageant on Saturday, Tharoor had tweeted, "What a mistake to demonetise our currency! BJP should have realised that Indian cash dominates the globe: look, even our Chhillar has become Miss World!"
However, the tweet backfired on Tharoor, when Twitteratis slammed him for comparing Manushi's surname to 'loose change'.
In another tweet, Tharoor issued an apology, saying, "Guess the pun IS the lowest form of humour, & the bilingual pun lower still! Apologies to the many who seem to have been righteously offended by a light-hearted tweet today. Certainly no offence was meant to a bright young girl whose answer I've separately praised. Please: Chill!."