When Congress Spokesperson, Alka Lamba, came on Aajtak’s prime time debate with news anchor Anjana Om Kashyap and shut her down by calling out MPs accused of rape and murder in our country, the audience clapped. The video has gone viral on the Internet and Twitterati is hailing Lamba for raising her voice against politicians embroiled in criminal cases. Lamba was participating in the debate to discuss the heinous gang-rape and murder of the veterinarian in Hyderabad.
She slammed news channels for plastering the name of the victim despite the Supreme Court’s clear guidelines to media channels for not revealing the identity of the rape survivor. “It has been seven years of Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case but we haven’t heard or seen anything that has improved the situation of women in the country. We didn’t know of the Hyderabad vet’s name but you all media channels told us of that. All of the media platforms ran a hashtag on Twitter,” she said in the debate.
Lamba also spoke about how parties give tickets to people with criminal records of rape and murder and then the public votes them in the parliament. “I have a political career of last 25 years and if you see the ADR survey then you will find that in 2019, 45 per cent candidates who had accusations of serious rape charges against them were given tickets by parties. People voted them and now they are our Members of Parliament. Now we expect those MPs to take initiatives towards the safety of women.”
She took the examples of the Unnao rape survivor case in which the survivor is struggling with trauma as some of her family members including her father have lost their lives since she has spoken up about the MLA Kuldip Singh Sengar who allegedly raped her in 2017. Lamba also talked about how in the Chinmayanand sexual assault case, the survivor who accused the former three-time MP of sexual assault and rape is in jail while he is in hospital.
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The video of Lamba’s sharp criticism of media and politicians with criminal records being elected in the parliament has gone viral and the Internet has not stopped lauding her for it. “Alka Lamba hits the nail on the head Why was Godi media silent on Sengar, Chinmayanand & Sakshi Maharaj? BJP itself has given tickets to maximum rape accused & criminals & have supported a lawless culture,” said one Twitter user.
“I have a political career of last 25 years and if you see the ADR survey then you will find that in 2019, 45 per cent candidates who had accusations of serious rape charges against them were given tickets by parties”
Another person said, “This is what is required and perfectly done by Hon @LambaAlka ji. Agenda driven anchors and media houses need to be taken head-on and no one can do it better than Alka Ji. Very well done. @anjanaomkashyap must have had a moment of reality.”
This is what is required and perfectly done by Hon @LambaAlka ji. Agenda driven anchors and media houses needs to be taken head on and noone can do it better than Alka ji. Very well done. 👍👍👍 @anjanaomkashyap must have had a moment of reality.https://t.co/g8K0kmh6p2
— Pritam Kothadiya (@KothadiyaSpeaks) December 4, 2019
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