July 20, 2016
Trinamool raises the issue of crimes against Dalits in RS
On the third day of the Monsoon Session of Parliament, Trinamool raised the issue of recent crimes against Dalits in Una.
Speaking on behalf of Trinamool, leader of the party in Rajya Sabha, Derek O’Brien said: “This is organised crime against Dalits. We must suspend all business and take up a discussion on the issue.”
Following Trinamool’s lead, other political parties including the BSP also demanded a discussion on the crimes against Dalits, leading to adjournment of the House.
In the afternoon, condemning the language used against BSP’s Mayawati, Derek O’Brien said: “My sentiments are with the whole House. I would say this is not a women’s issue but men’s issue. The problem is with men making such comments. Thanks to technology we could raise this issue today. Someone from the treasury benches must stand up and condemn the language used against a woman member of the House.”
Earlier in the day, West Bengal Chief Minister had also expressed her concern about the ‘organised crimes’ against Dalits:
Incident in Una is organised crime against Dalits. I urge Central Govt to treat Dalits with care & give full protection.This is unacceptable
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) July 20, 2016