Ruckus in LS over Sikh boy's haircut

The House is adjourned briefly following protests by Cong MPs over humiliation of a Sikh schoolboy in Rajasthan.

india Updated: Aug 24, 2006 14:44 IST

The humiliation of a Sikh schoolboy in Rajasthan, whose hair was forcibly cut, was the focus of Congress protests in the Lok Sabha on Thursday, leading to the House being adjourned abruptly for 15 minutes.

There was pandemonium as soon as the Lok Sabha met over the incident in the BJP-ruled state. Congress MPs, led by Mistry, got up from their seats saying that minorities were not safe in BJP-governed states.

Although Speaker Somnath Chatterjee asked them to go back to their seats and raise the issue at 12 noon, the members refused, following which the House was adjourned.

No senior BJP leader except VK Malhotra was present at the time. Sonia Gandhi and Pranab Mukherjee were, however, present in the House.

The incident had taken place in Jaipur on Monday when Class XII student Indrapeet Singh was abducted on his way to school, beaten and was then humiliated by getting his hair cut apparently because he stood up for a girl who was being stalked.

The issue has been snowballing with demonstrations in Rajasthan, Delhi and Punjab.

First Published: Aug 24, 2006 12:23 IST