BSP, SP hold divergent views on anti-rape Bill

Special Correspondent
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Ahead of Monday’s all-party meeting to discuss the anti-rape Bill before it goes to Parliament, two parties that lend the ruling UPA support from outside, expressed divergent views on Friday.

While Bahujan Samaj Party president Mayawati said the Bill was “necessary,” Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav said his party was opposed to it. “If it comes up for voting …, we will oppose it,” he told journalists here.

On Wednesday, SP’s Rajya Sabha member Naresh Agarwal said the Bill had scope for misuse by women and it could impact their employment.

Asked about the SP’s reservations about provisions relating to voyeurism, stalking, acid attack and age of consent, Ms. Mayawati said the contentious issues could be discussed when the bill came up for debate.

The anti-rape ordinance will lapse on April 4, and the government has said it is committed to passing the Bill before Parliament goes into recess from March 22.



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