Protests in Bengal Assembly over atrocities on women

Left Front had moved adjournment motion for discussion

Legislators of the Left Front shouted slogans and raised posters in the State Assembly here on Monday against the Speaker’s decision not to allow an adjournment motion for discussion on what they described as growing atrocities on women.

Speaker Biman Bandyopadhyay disallowed the adjournment motion moved by Leader of the Opposition Surya Kanta Mishra and other MLAs of the Left Front, pointing out that the issue did not call for any immediate discussion. He, however, allowed Dr. Mishra to read out the motion.

This led to an uproar in the House as Left Front members descended to the well and surrounded the Speaker’s podium.

The protests carried on even as scheduled business continued and the protestors left the House only when the Speaker adjourned it for about an hour.

“Not allowing a single adjournment motion in the House over the past one-and-a-half years since the new government came to power is unprecedented,” Dr. Mishra later told journalists.

The Opposition has raised issues such as farmers’ suicides, deterioration in the law and order, anarchy in the State’s educational institutions and growing atrocities on women but none of them was considered important by the Government to hold discussions, he said.

“The Government does not want to hear any criticism and is not open to any discussions,” Dr. Mishra said adding that the people want to hear from the Government on these issues.

Referring to the growing instances of attack on women, he said that about 100 incidents of rape have been reported in the State since the rape of the 37-year-old woman at Park Street area in February – an incident that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had dubbed as “staged”.

Senior leader of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) Abdur Rezzak Mollah claimed that the number of crimes reported against women in the State during the Trinamool Congress-led government has surpassed the figure for the entire 34 years of Left Front rule.

“Issue did not call for immediate discussion”

Other issues also not considered for discussion

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