SP criticises Domestic Violence Act

The party says the law is against the ethos of the country, reports M Hasan.

india Updated: Nov 13, 2006 18:49 IST

The Samajwadi Party on Monday assailed the Congress-led UPA government for legislating Domestic Violence Act. The party said the law was against the ethos of the country.

Talking to newsmen in Lucknow on Monday SP general secretary Beni Prasad Verma said the act would lead to unrest in every home in the country. Verma accusing the Congress president Sonia Gandhi of getting the bill passed said that she was not aware of the family composition in the country.

Significantly for the first time the SP criticized the Act, which had been largely welcomed in the country. Verma said "ghar mein ab koi kuch kahi nahin sakta (nobody can say anything at home) as he could be hauled up in the court.

Referring to the UPA government plan to bring the controversial Women Reservation Bill for passage in the forthcoming winter session of Parliament, Verma said the party was opposed to the bill in its present form.

He said the bill was brought during the NDA regime but the then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee had put it on the backburner, as he knew about the social composition of the country. He said the bill was against the interest of the Dalits, backward and minority communities.

He said instead of reserving the Lok Sabha/assemblies seats political parties should have a legal binding to reserve 33 per cent tickets for women. He said the party would oppose the bill in the House.

Verma said BSP president Mayawati had insulted Muslims by her comment that they were 'fanatics'. He said it was an insult to Muslim freedom fighters also.

Verma, however, refused to comment on Mayawati's call to cadre to beat the effigies of Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav with "lathis" (sticks) before setting it on fire on November 30 during the statewide stir.

Verma said junior party functionaries would react to this. Verma claimed that the vote percentage of the party had gone up in the civic elections in the state. He said results did not reflect over the performance of the state government.

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First Published: Nov 13, 2006 17:46 IST