HT poll results: you rightly predicted that Pal will get away unpunished for his rape remark
HT asked its readers' whether TMC MP Tapas Pal will get away unpunished after his rape remark. 84% of the voters predicted that he would.india Updated: Jul 02, 2014 18:58 IST
Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Pal has kicked a storm with his recent rape remark. In a video clip that surfaced on Monday, Pal was caught on tape threatening to let loose rapists on his opposition if they don’t fall in line. "If anyone from opposition or their wives and sisters are here, then listen up, if any one of your people touch anyone from TMC I will destroy you, I will not spare them. I will send my boys and they will rape women,” he said in the video that has been aired in many TV channels.
He was speaking in the village where he had gone after receiving reports of attack on a woman and a child who were Trinamool supporters. The assaulters were allegedly CPI(M) supporters.
In another video that emerged on Tuesday night, he was seen as saying "Go, chop off the limbs of a CPI(M) man and show me. Let me see who has the guts to arrest any of you! I will not take it easily if anyone dares support the CPI(M) here. I'll publicly behead him with an axe, right here," Pal told a gathering of local Trinamool leaders and supporters at Gopinathpur village within Tehatta police station limits in Nadia district.
"And I'll surely catch the one absconding. I'll first try to get him a life term of hanged. Or else, I, myself… I'll shoot him dead if I can. Tell me if you people can identify him. I'll myself go to his house and shoot him dead. Just see whether Tapas Pal has the guts to do it!"
But, there will no action against him as his party has accepted his apology.
HT asked its readers' whether Pal will get away unpunished after his remarks. In a poll put out on Tuesday morning, HT had queried "Do you think Trinamool MP Tapas Pal will get away unpunished after threatening rivals with rape and violence?"
84% of the voters predicted rightly that he will get away unpunished. 14% of those who took the poll believed he wouldn't get away with such remarks, while 2% didn't have an opinion on the issue.