Communist Party of India Marxist (CPI-M) leader Brinda Karat on Tuesday said TMC leader Tapas Pal should be suspended for his derogatory comments about sending his men to the homes of her party leaders to rape their women. "To condemn his actions, there are no words. An FIR should be lodged against him and strict action should be taken. He should be suspended," said Karat.
Women rights activists Kavita Krishnan said that Pal was instigation sexual violence. "He is clearly instigating sexual violence against women, he should be arrested for this," said Krishnan.
Pal had told a gathering in Krishnanagar, "I will send my boys to their (attackers) homes and ask them to rape their women. If any of our Trinamool men are touched, I will ensure that the CPI (M) is finished and ensure that their homes are burnt off."
TMC leader Tapas Pal caught in video threatening women with rape, claims he said 'raid' not 'rape'
Barely a few weeks after the outrage vented over the Badaun gang-rape, a video has emerged where leading Trinamool Congress (TMC) politician Tapas Pal is seen threatening to rape women belonging to the opposition party. The video which is allegedly said to be a few weeks old shows Pal screaming threats of violence at rival party workers at Krishnanagar. In the same speech he is shown threatening to rape women as well. 'If CPM tries to kill and intimidate our workers here, I will not spare them. I will send my boys and get CPI women raped if necessary." Pal however denies the allegation and has said in a TV interview that he said 'raid' and not 'rape'. 'I never used the word rape, I said raid instead', he said according to reports. The entire video has captured Pal making threats of violence against CPM workers. He even brags about about being a gunda (thug) and carrying a revolver. 'I move around with a revolver. I will pull the trigger myself. Read more
Even as wife apologises on behalf of Tapas Pal, Trinamool Congress seeks explanation over rape comments
A day after Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Pal allegedly threatened to kill CPI(M) workers and have their women raped, his wife Nandini Pal apologised for her husband's controversial comment on Tuesday and said there was another part of the story. "I apologise for his comment. Of course there is no question of supporting it. But yes I know there is another part of the story, which provoked him to do that. The entire incident had happened long back, what led to such a thing there is another part of the story," Nandini told reporters in Kolkata. "On behalf of him I am saying sorry," said Nandini. Read more