Shashi Tharoor slams government over NRC issue, says 57 people committed suicide

By: |
July 19, 2019 7:47 PM

Shashi Tharoor slammed the arrest of activist Sudha Bharadwaj last year, while accusing the government of letting wilful defaulters flee the country.

Shashi Tharoor, lok sabha, congress leader shahshi tharoorShashi Tharoor

Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Friday slammed the government over the issue of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, shortly after the government introduced a bill to amend the Protection of Human Rights Act in the Lok Sabha. Raising the issue, the Thiruvananthapuram MP alleged that at least 57 people committed suicide in Assam after being left out from from NRC list.

Speaking in the Lower House of the Parliament, “I have received a confirmed list of people where 57 people have committed suicide because NRC has excluded them, ironically, few of these people are Hindus.” The leader, while calling the bill “cosmetic”, further hit out at the government on arrests of lawyers Indira Jaisingh and Anand Grover recently.

Raising the issue of both lawyers, the Congress MP said it was ironic that a discussion on strengthening the Human Rights Act is being held just days after the international commission of jurists condemned the government’s “attempt” to strike down two senior advocates who have been at the forefront to defend rights of vulnerable sections of the society.

He also slammed the arrest of activist Sudha Bharadwaj last year, while accusing the government of letting wilful defaulters flee the country. “When Harvard Law School was honouring lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj, our government was busy arresting her. While the government did not do anything to stop wilful defaulters from running away from the country, they were desperate to offload an activist from the plane only to be slammed by the Delhi High Court.

Earlier, Union minister Nityanand Rai introduced The Protection of Human Rights (Amendment) Bill, 2019 for consideration in the Lok Sabha. In the meantime, the Centre and the Assam government has urged the Supreme Court to extend the deadline to publish final consolidated National Register of Citizens (NRC) by a month. In its plea, both the Centre and the state government said lakhs of people could have been included wrongfully because of local factors as also ongoing floods.

Get live Stock Prices from BSE, NSE, US Market and latest NAV, portfolio of Mutual Funds, Check out latest IPO News, Best Performing IPOs, calculate your tax by Income Tax Calculator, know market’s Top Gainers, Top Losers & Best Equity Funds. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Financial Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest Biz news and updates.

Next Stories
1Congress crisis deepens in Punjab: String of resignations after shock exit by Navjot Sidhu
2UP govt forms SIT to probe ‘religious conversion’ complaint against senior IAS officer
3Navjot Singh Sidhu resigns as Punjab Congress chief, ‘not a stable man,’ says Captain