'Privileged' Shinde may escape action on rape gaffe
The parliamentary privilege has saved home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde from legal action for naming the three victims of Bhandara rape-cum-murder case in the Rajya Sabha on Friday.delhi Updated: Mar 01, 2013 23:59 IST
The parliamentary privilege has saved home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde from legal action for naming the three victims of Bhandara rape-cum-murder case in the Rajya Sabha on Friday.
But, his act shows his insensitivity of the ministry mandated to manage internal security of the country and firm laws to secure people of India.
"It shows how our bureaucrats and politicans are not bothered about rising crime against women and children in our country," said an activist.
Shinde could have been booked under relevant sections of the IPC for dislosing name of the victims in a rape case.
The law provides the name of the victim or the victims can be disclosed only if victim's family agrees and the relevant court gives permission. In this case, nothing like that has happened.
The procedure prescribed by law to disclose names of the victims in a rape case was also not followed when local police officials briefed the media about the case.
Media reports from Bhandara had quoted police to name the victims.
"The poor mother of the victims would not have been aware that rights of her dead daughters had been violated," the activist said.
When it was repeated by country's home minister at highest law making institution -Parliament - the child rights activists were furious.
But, for Shinde the protection provided in the Constitution to MP for free and frank discussion on issues came as blessing in disguise.
The members can't be booked for any offence or defamatory statement in the house without permission of the chair.
As Rajya Sabha deputy chairman PJ Kurien expunged the names from the record two hours later Shinde was spared. By then, TV had broadcast Shinde's statement.