Indian ministers quit in parliament smut flick scandal
'It wasn't porn, it was a real-life rape' claims one
Three former ministers in the Indian state of Karnataka have until Monday to explain themselves to the Speaker of the local assembly after they were allegedly caught watching porn on a mobile phone during a debate in the House.
The trio, accused of ogling the grumble flick in the state assembly building in tech town Bangalore earlier this week, resigned amid widespread outrage and condemnation. All three - Krishna J Palemar, Laxman Savadi and C C Patil – hail from the conservative ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
And according to CNN, Patil, who was minister for women and child development, also recently made comments suggesting that female rape victims were to blame for wearing provocative clothing.
All three have denied any wrongdoing: Savadi, the minister for co-operation, said the clip he was watching was not porn but footage of a real-life rape of a woman by four men as part of an investigation into the dangers of the rave scene.
The Porngate scandal first broke on Tuesday after TV cameras in the House appeared to show Savadi sharing a salacious clip with Patil on the phone belonging to Palemar, the minister for ports, science and technology.
The BJP, which is known for its hardline stance on issues of sex and morality, has stood behind the men and will not expel or suspend the three.
In a deft political move which would have The Thick of It’s foul-mouthed spin doctor Malcolm Tucker cooing with approval, Speaker K G Bopaiah has ordered an inquiry into the matter which will report in a month’s time. ®
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Daily fail, oh you are so witty Mr Marsden!
Of course I was not serious about harming them, I am however unimpressed with the lack of moral fortitude evident in the average politician and the failings in the system meant to deal with them. It is very rare that a politician in any 'developed' country is genuinely punished. Senator Stevens in the USA and MP's Morley and Devine in the UK are rare exceptions.
A more interesting example might be Baroness Uddin, she claimed 120k GBP in expenses, refused to cooperate with the police, rushed to fill the unoccupied property in question with furniture when the problem was raised by the press, and whilst claiming expenses she was using a housing association property with subsidised rent meant for people of limited means whilst having a mansion built in Bangladesh.
As shameful as this is by itself, my biggest issue is with what followed. She was asked to repay the amount in question (note asked) and suspended by her party. She was not dismissed, no criminal proceedings as she was saved by a senior party member covering her by saying her main residence might be one she only visits once a year and there is nothing to stop her retaking her seat in the lords. If I misspent even 1/1000th of that on my expense account (on which I have to provide recipts and justification for every last cent) I would be sacked. If I had attempted to hide the expense or lie I would face criminal proceedings.
The point is that not only should they be held to at least the same standard as the rest of us, but they should face the same penalties. Not all politicians are corrupt, there are probably many wonderful dedicated civil servants out there, I am left to wonder why they are not doing more to clean house and protect their image.
You're right. Even the mere suggestion of impropriety on the part of a government minister should be grounds for capital punishment, (or at the very least, torture through genital trauma).
I just can't understand why more citizens aren't pounding their spittle-flecked keybards in rabid fury in support of your proposal.
I really shouldn't need to use the sarcasm tag here but just in case... [/Sarcasm]