Opposition in Rajya Sabha protests Rajasthan home minister's remarks on Bikaner rape

Opposition parties forced a brief adjournment of proceedings in the Rajya Sabha over a Rajasthan minister questioning the integrity of a student who was allegedly gang raped.

PTI March 30, 2017 13:00:52 IST
Opposition in Rajya Sabha protests Rajasthan home minister's remarks on Bikaner rape

New Delhi: Opposition parties, including the Congress, on Thursday forced a brief adjournment of proceedings in the Rajya Sabha over a Rajasthan minister questioning the integrity of a student who was allegedly gang raped.

Opposition in Rajya Sabha protests Rajasthan home ministers remarks on Bikaner rape

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Kahkashan Parveen (JD-U) raised the issue of state Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria's reported remark that it was unlikely that eight men gang raped the girl and she did not complain.

Parveen was supported by women Congress members including Viplove Thakur who displayed what appeared were newspaper reports of the minister's remarks.

As Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien disallowed her, saying it was not a point of order, the women lawmakers trooped into the Well of the House raising slogans against the "insensitive" remarks.

Soon male members too joined them in the Well, raising slogans.

"Without notice I cannot allow (a discussion)," Kurien said. "No notice is received (on the subject)."

With members unrelenting and refusing to go back to their seats, he adjourned the House for 10 minutes.

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