Uproar in Parliament over Dec 16 gangrape convict's interview

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 11, 2015 15:14 IST

Women MPs from Opposition parties stormed into the well of the upper house of Parliament on Wednesday and forced a brief adjournment, demanding action over the December 16 gangrape convict being allowed to give what they termed an objectionable interview from Tihar jail.

Amidst the raging protest by the opposition, the Centre told the Rajya Sabha it would act promptly against officials responsible for giving permission to a British filmmaker for the a controversial interview with Nirbaya rape case convict Mukesh Singh.

But women opposition members were not satisfied and led by the SP’s Jaya Bachchan (SP) all benches present in the House trooped into the Well unsatisfied over government's response to the action taken over how the convict, Mukesh, was allowed to be interviewed inside the prison and make crude comments.

Bachchan said women do not want “crocodile tears” but wanted the government to take action immediately.

Soon, their male colleagues also joined, forcing Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien to adjourn the House for 15 minutes from 11:22am.

Earlier, KC Tyagi (JD-U) said he has given a notice for suspension of business to raise the issue of the rape convict making derogatory comments against women in the documentary from Tihar Jail.

“Action should be taken against the DG, Tihar Jail and officials for allowing the interview," he said, adding a special court should be constituted expeditiously to hang the convict”, he said.

Kurien said though he was not allowing the notice, he agreed that such an interview was not acceptable. “I wonder how this can happen when the convict is in the jail," he said. "This is a very serious issue."

Minister of state for parliamentary affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the home minister had taken note of the issue and strict action would be taken against the culprit. "No one will be spared."

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