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Criminal case under Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita against TMC's Mahua Moitra over 'pajamas' remark on NCW chief on X
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Criminal case under Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita against TMC's Mahua Moitra over 'pajamas' remark on NCW chief on X

| @indiablooms | 07 Jul 2024, 07:37 pm

New Delhi: A case has been filed against Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra for outraging the modesty of a woman over a social media post about National Commission for Women chief Rekha Sharma.

Based on a complaint by Rekha Sharma, the First Information Report (FIR) was registered by the special cell of the Delhi Police on Sunday.

The FIR was filed under Section 79 (Word, gesture, or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the new criminal law, Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita, which has replaced the Indian Penal Code.

West Bengal’s Krishnanagar MP, who was disqualified from the Lok Sabha last year after the cash-for-query scandal but recently won again by a margin of about 56,000 votes, made the controversial remark on Thursday.

The comment was in reaction to videos showing the NCW chief meeting women injured in the Hathras stampede, which resulted in 121 deaths.

The videos showed someone holding an umbrella for Sharma.

A video was shared on X, with a social media user questioning why Rekha Sharma could not carry her own umbrella.

Mahua Moitra responded to the tweet, saying, "She (Rekha Sharma) is too busy holding up her boss's pajamas".

Taking note of the crude remark, NCW on Friday sought a case against Moitra, but the Trinamool MP had remained combative.

Responding to a post by the NCW on X, she tagged the Delhi Police, urging them to take immediate action and arrest her, even specifying about her exact location in West Bengal's Nadia.

Posting earlier tweets by Rekha Sharma, in which the NCW chief appeared to call RJD chief Lalu Yadav and former Congress President Sonia Gandhi dumb and made a joke about Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal with a "suhaag raat" reference, Moitra also asked the Delhi Police to take action against the "serial offender."

The Trinamool leader was expelled from the Lok Sabha in December last year based on an Ethics Committee report on the alleged 'cash-for-query' charges against her.

She was accused of accepting bribes, including Rs 2 crore in cash and "luxury gifts," from businessman Darshan Hiranandani in exchange for asking questions in Parliament that were critical of the Narendra Modi government. An investigation is ongoing in the case.

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