Around 20 women activists, protesting against the delay in the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill, were detained by Delhi Police for blocking traffic near Parliament on Monday evening.
The protesters converged at Parliament Gate around 5 pm and blocked traffic demanding the immediate clearance of the Bill, which will pave the way for 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament and state legislatures.
The slogan-shouting activists were immediately detained by police personnel.
“Staging protest near Parliament is unacceptable and it is violation of Section 144. We have detained them,” a senior police official said.
There could not be voting as per schedule on the Bill, which was tabled in Rajya Sabha this afternoon, due to stiff opposition from the RJD, SP and JD(U) MPs.
The historic legislation was moved in Rajya Sabha for consideration amid unprecedented pandemonium with some SP members even trying to attack Chairman Hamid Ansari.
SP and RJD members created unruly scenes forcing repeated adjournments of the House. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has called an all-party meeting to find a way out.