Congress Member of Rajya Sabha Prema Cariappa on Friday expressing concern at the growing menace of girl child abuse and drug abuse under the garb of tourism wanted the government to come out with a stringent law to curb these activities. Members of other political parties also associated with her concern.
In a special mention she said despite tourism being an upcoming industry and the government supporting the tourism sector, one should be aware of its "dark side".
According to media reports girl child abuse and drug abuse are going on in several tourist destinations in Goa, Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka, Orissa and Tamil Nadu.
It was the locals who were providing girls and drugs to the tourists, she said.
These activities were flourishing and perpetrators of such crime were not being apprehended because of "very poor local administration", she added.
She urged the administration to come down with a "heavy hand" on such activities and the central government to bring a legislation with stringent punishment for those involved.
Congress Member Santosh Bagrodia raised the issue of the demolition of scores of houses of Hindus in Kazakhstan.
He said the families of these Hindus were on roads in acute winter. The matter had been discussed by USA, Australia and a resolution had been passed in the British Parliament following the matter being raised by Prime Minister Tony Blair.
He demanded that the House condemn this act of the government of Kazakhstan and send a strong note of protest to the government of Kazakhstan urging compensation and restoration of the land.
BJP Deputy Leader Sushma Swaraj, associating herself with the issue, referred to the demolition of International Society for Krishna Consciousness Krishna temple in Kazakhastan with bulldozers by the anti-riot police. She said that for purchasing land in Kazakhstan one has to declare that one is not a Hindu.
The authorities there say that Hindus have no place in Kazakhstan, she said.
Alleging that Hindus were being beaten and were homeless in Kazakhstan, she urged the government to intervene in the matter and take it up with the government of Kazakhstan.
Pyarelal Khandelwal BJP also said the government must help the victims in Khazakhstan and ensure their security.