Under fire for threatening to get CPM women raped by “my boys”, Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Paul, first elected to the lower house in 2009, sat through the 15th Lok Sabha without asking a single question. He did participate in six discussions and mentioned, among other things, atrocities on women in West Bengal, particularly in his constituency Krishnanagar.
“Children, young girls and housewives are lured for going out to work as domestic helps, but in reality, they are sucked into… flesh trading. It is really a big social problem,” Paul told the House in August 2010.
“My constituency, Krishnanagar is also a victim of such crimes. Girls and women are sold to different places in different parts of the country, and also Bangladesh. In Chapra village, nearly 30 girls were abducted and sold to different places… I am very much embarrassed to say that my constituency, Krishnanagar, West Bengal is facing such kind of crime. It is a matter of regret that in most of the cases, the poor victims could not be detected,” he said.
On Monday, Bengali news channel 24 Ghanta telecast a speech by Paul in which he said, “If any opponent (of the Trinamool) touches any Trinamool girl, any father, any child, I will destroy his entire family. Aamar chheleder dhukiye debo, rape kore chole jaabe, rape kore chole jaabe (I will unleash my boys, they will rape them, rape them).”
On Tuesday, after he drew flak from all quarters, Paul apologised. Incidentally, he had advocated use of television to empower rural India. “I sincerely hope that television is the medium which should depict the reality of village life and show means of improving it,” he said in Lok Sabha in July 2009.
“From my experience, I have noticed that the pictures that the viewers see on their screens have no connection with reality. They depict irrelevant matters and this tendency of depicting artificiality has become an acute problem because the TV has reached every home in the country,” he said.
Budget earmarked Rs 3.40 crore for the Nirbhaya Fund, to be used for the upkeep of security of women.