Allegations of women marshals manhandled emerge as dramatic scenes unfolded Wednesday at the monsoon session of the Rajya Sabha in the national capital. CCTV footage from the site, which has gone viral since reportedly being shared by the centre, shows chaos, while opposition leaders level counter-allegations against security forces for using force on women members of Parliament.
Agitations were held between Vijay Chowk and the Parliament on Thursday to protest the Parliament chaos a day ago with participation from leaders of 16 opposition parties, led by Congress' Rahul Gandhi. Calling it a "murder of democracy," Gandhi alleged the ruling party brought "outsiders" to manhandle MPs, including female ones.
In what has been a disorderly season in Parliament, with repeated adjournments and interruptions, the Wednesday incident has given rise to a fresh set of chaos.
Union Minister Piyush Goyal has called for a probe by a special committee into the various incidents of alleged assault in Parliament.
Were Women Marshals Manhandled? Allegations Run Amok
Talking to Times Now, which has shared videos from the ruckus at Parliament claiming opposition leaders allegedly manhandled female marshals present on site, Congress MP Chhaya Verma says, "There were triple the number of marshals as there are MPs in Rajya Sabha. Where do we go to keep our point? By way of female marshals, male marshals were trying to misbehave with female MPs."
Shiv Sena's Priyanka Chaturvedi further remarked, "You speak about Beti Bachao Beti Padhao but you were trying to stall our voice."
Opposition leaders that tried to raise the explosive issue of Pegasus snooping in Parliament claimed to have been met with resistance and no clear answers. The government has not categorically denied using the Israeli NSO technology in response to allegations of potential targets of spying within the country - including activists, journalists, opposition leaders and other dissenting voices.