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TMC MP shocker: Rape CPM women

TMC MP shocker: Rape CPM women
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TMC MP Tapas Pal Shocker: Rape CPM Women. Tapas Pal, popular Bengali actor and a member of Parliament from Mamata Banerjee\'s Trinamool Congress has been caught on camera purportedly saying, \"I will ask our boys to go and rape CPM women if necessary.\"

Women’s panel demands Tapas Pal’s arrest for his remarks

Flaying the TMC decision giving the MP 48 hours to give an explanation, Sharma said the NCW will initiate action

Statements made by Tapas Pal are very insensitive. We do not in any way endorse what he said weeks ago—O'Brien

Kolkata: Tapas Pal, popular Bengali actor and a member of Parliament from Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress has been caught on camera purportedly saying, "I will ask our boys to go and rape CPM women if necessary."

Mamata Banerjee with Tapas Pal (File photo)

The footage aired by local TV channels is hazy, but Pal is clearly heard making the shocking threat while addressing party workers and assuring them that members of other parties will not be allowed to harm them. He also allegedly makes other threats.

The Trinamool Congress quickly distanced itself from the comment. "Statements made by Tapas Pal are very insensitive. We do not in any way endorse what he said weeks ago, being played on TV today," said Trinamool MP, Derek O'Brien.

There is, however, no word yet on whether the party will act against Mr Pal, who is a two-term MP from Krishnanagar in West Bengal. The CPM's Malini Bhattacharya said her party will move the National Commission for women against Mr Pal and also complain to the Lok Sabha speaker. "What has been reported in the media as a public statement is condemnable...We are going to approach NCW and the speaker. We want to ask parliament to inquire into this." Ms Bhattacharya said she feared "this will dilute the seriousness of the issue of crime against women."

Mamata Banerjee's government in West Bengal has faced severe criticism for the state's record on crime against women.

Tapas Pal, 55, is an award winning actor. His daughter Sohini Pal too is an actor in Bengali films. Demanding the arrest of Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Paul for making derogatory remarks, the National Commission for Women (NCW) Monday said it will initiate action against him.

"He has insulted women of the entire country. Immediate action should be taken against him. He should be arrested and asked to resign," NCW chairperson Mamta Sharma said.

Flaying the Trinamool's decision giving the MP 48 hours to give an explanation, Sharma said the NCW will initiate action.

"Being a woman, chief minister (Mamata Banerjee) should take immediate action. I have heard that he has been given 48 to give an explanation, but I think giving him so much time is unwarranted. "We will take cognisance and depute a team to enquire what action has been taken against him," added Sharma.

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