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Indian politician arrested for insulting female leader

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2015 file photo, India's Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati smiles as she addresses journalists at a press conference in New Delhi, India. Indian police on Friday, July 29, 2016, arrested Hindu nationalist leader Dayashankar Singh on charges alleging he insulted senior female politician Mayawati by describing her as "worse than a prostitute." Singh later apologized for his remark, but Mayawati demanded his arrest as she rejected his accusation. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das, File)

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2015 file photo, India's Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati smiles as she addresses journalists at a press conference in New Delhi, India. Indian police on Friday, July 29, 2016, arrested Hindu nationalist leader Dayashankar Singh on charges alleging he insulted senior female politician Mayawati by describing her as "worse than a prostitute." Singh later apologized for his remark, but Mayawati demanded his arrest as she rejected his accusation. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das, File)  (The Associated Press)

Indian police have arrested a Hindu nationalist leader for insulting a senior female politician by describing her as "worse than a prostitute."

Police officer Upendra Kumar Sharma says Dayashankar Singh was arrested Friday in his hometown in Bihar state where he was found hiding in a relative's home.

Singh was expelled last week from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party for making the remark against Mayawati, a leader representing millions of lower-caste Dalits. He held a senior party position in northern Uttar Pradesh state.

Singh accused Mayawati, leader of the Bahujan Samaj Party, of selling party nominations for state elections for millions of rupees and said "her character is worse than that of a prostitute."

Police filed a criminal case against him.