Rajya Sabha condemns setting ablaze of Unnao rape survivor


File Photo: Rajya Sabha

File Photo: Rajya Sabha

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu and other Rajya Sabha MPs condemned the incident in which a rape survivor was set ablaze in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao on Thursday.

Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said, “This entire House condemns the incident. I got in touch with the Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh, he has explained to me that the culprits have been arrested. What is needed, is not a mere arrest in one case. We must send out a signal to the entire country and society that in such incidents action should be taken promptly, swiftly, and adequately, so these things are not repeated again.”

Earlier the Rajya Sabha was adjourned for half-an-hour on Thursday amid an uproar by the opposition parties, mainly the Congress, over the incident of the Unnao rape survivor set ablaze in Uttar Pradesh.

Opposition parties raised the issue as soon as the House resumed in the afternoon to consider The Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

Congress leader Anand Sharma urged Deputy Chairman Harivansh to at least listen to the opposition members who wanted to discuss the incident of the attack on the Unnao rape survivor.

The deputy chairman then adjourned the House for half-an-hour (till 2:38PM).