TMC leader Moitra booked for ‘derogatory’ post on NCW chief

Wednesday 10th July 2024 08:02 EDT

Delhi Police has registered an FIR against TMC Lok Sabha MP Mahua Moitra for her "derogatory" social media remark on National Commission for Women chief Rekha Sharma, officials said.
Moitra was booked under Section 79 of the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita (BNS) that deals with a word, gesture or act intended to insult modesty of a woman. This was the first FIR registered under the BNS by the Delhi Police's Special Cell since it came into force on July 1. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader commented on a video posted on X that showed Sharma arriving at the site of a stampede in Uttar Pradesh's Hathras on July 4. Moitra later deleted the post, which referred to a man holding an umbrella and walking behind the NCW chief.
Reacting to the development, BJP national spokesperson Shehzad Poonawalla asked what was stopping TMC chief Mamata Banerjee from sacking Moitra. A senior officer said the FIR was registered on the basis of a complaint to the police commissioner by the NCW. Moitra's now-deleted comment drew a sharp response from the BJP.

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