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RS disrupted over Rajasthan Minister’s remarks on rape

The Rajya Sabha on Thursday was disrupted and briefly adjourned as women members raised the issue of “insensitive” remarks reportedly made by a Rajasthan Minister on the alleged rape of a minor.

Kahkashan Parveen of the JD-U raised the matter of Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria reportedly saying that it was unlikely that a girl who was raped by eight men would not inform her parents about it.

The Janata Dal-United member was supported by other women members, including Viplove Thakur, who displayed the newspaper reports about the minister’s remarks about the 13-year-old girl in the state.

Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien, however, said the issue could not be discussed as a point of order and there has to a prior notice for it.

“Without notice I cannot allow (a discussion),” Kurien said. “No notice is received (on the subject).”

The agitated members then gathered in front of the Chair raising slogans against the “insensitive” remarks.

Amid chaos the house was adjourned for 10 minutes.

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