Dehra Dun: The issue of rape of a minor
dalit girl in Haridwar district was raised in Uttarakhand
Assembly on Thursday by BSP members, who demanded a detailed
discussion over the plight of dalits in the hill state.
Raising the issue through adjournment motion during the
Zero Hour, Leader of BSP legislature party Mohammed Shehzad
said a 14-year-old dalit girl was raped at Libberheri in
Mangalore area of Haridwar district on March 22.
He said an 11-year-old dalit girl was also raped in the
area last year and similar incidents of rape and other crimes
against dalits were being reported from various parts of the
state and the situation had reached an "alarming stage".
Alleging that the government had failed to check such
incidents, he said there was urgent need to hold a detailed
discussion over the problem and find a solution to it.
Shehzad was supported by his party MLAs as well as some
members from Congress who also urged Speaker Harbans Kapoor to
allow a discussion over the issue.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prakash Pant said the
government was ready to give its reply over the issue and the
information regarding this specific case was being collected.
As the BSP members were pressing for their demand, Kapoor
adjourned the House for lunch.