Battle ground in Rajya Sabha as Congress, Samajwadi Party MPs clash over Bulandshahr gangrape


New Delhi: Rajya Sabha witnessed heated exchanges between Congress and Samajwadi Party members on 3 August over the recent instances of crime in Uttar Pradesh. The leaders engaged in a verbal duel over the 29 July incident where a 335-year-old woman and her teenage daughter was gangraped in Bulandshahr.

During Zero Hour in the house, Congress leader Rajni Patil raised the question over the increasing incident of crime against women, she demanded an open discussion in the house over this serious matter.

However, the government defended by stating that maintaining law and order in the state is the concern of state government.

Reacting to it, Samajwadi Part MP Jaya Bhaduri Bachchan joined the war of words and asked Congress and BJP not to politicise the issue. To politicising accusation, Congress leader Ambika Soni reacted in a sharp manner and she took a pot shot at the SP government in Uttar Pradesh.

The house seemed to have turned into a battle ground between the women of three parties. However, soon Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi stepped into the matter.

Naqvi said the ghastly incident, whether in Uttar Pradesh or any other part of the country, needs to be condemned in strongest terms and strictest action taken against culprits.

Maintaining that law and order is a state subject, he expressed hope that the UP government would act strongly in the case. “We are ready for discussion on women’s security. Please give notice, we will discuss it,” he said.

The shameful incident occurred on Friday night, a group of dacoits had waylaid a family travelling from Noida to Shahjahanpur by car, dragged the woman and her 14-year-old daughter out of the vehicle to a field, and raped them while the men were held at gunpoint.

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