Rape incidents figure in UP assembly; Oppn stages walkout
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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 08, 2011, 20:56
  
Lucknow: Crime against women, including recent incidents of rape, in Uttar Pradesh today figured in the state assembly with the Opposition coming down heavily on the Mayawati government and staging a walkout over the issue.

Congress, BJP and other opposition members walked out of the House separately saying they were dissatisfied with Parliamentary Affairs Minister Lalji Verma's reply on the issue.

The government reeled out figures to show the crime situation vis-a-vis women in Uttar Pradesh was much better compared to other states.

Raising the issue, Congress members cited various cases of crime against women recently and sought a reply from the the government.

Pramod Tewari (Cong) referred to the Banda rape case and said the victim was not feeling safe and had even asked for a gun license for her brother.

BSP MLA Purshottam Naresh Dwiwedi and three others are accused in the Banda rape case.

Om Prakash Singh (BJP) said figuring of names of the MLAs in criminal activities was a blot on the House.

"There are 13 MLAs who are in jail," he said adding in six cases legislators were incarcerated on charges of rape.

In his reply, the Parliamentary Affairs Minister, who reeled out statistics provided by the National Crime Bureau, said there were only three other states in the country where crime was less than Uttar Pradesh.

"Yet the Congress Yuvraj does not see incidents in other states," he said in a veiled reference to Rahul Gandhi.

The Congrees leader met the teenaged girl, who was allegedly raped by the BSP legislator, in Banda yesterday and assured her all possible help.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, February 08, 2011, 20:56


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