India's pepper-spraying parliament branded a 'disgrace' by media
NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's normally disruptive parliament was widely derided on Friday as having hit a new low after lawmakers fought, broke equipment and pepper-sprayed the chamber over a bill to create a new state.
India's media condemned the lawmakers' behaviour as "revolting" and a "disgrace to democracy" after mayhem erupted on Thursday over the bill to carve a new state out of existing Andhra Pradesh.
"Pepper spray in House leaves Indian democracy in tears" screamed the Times of India front-page headline on Friday, while the Hindustan Times called the chaos "a complete breakdown of parliamentary conduct".
"Even for a country with a long and unedifying history of parliamentary pandemonium, nothing can be as shameful and disgraceful as the use of pepper spray by a member on his peers to disrupt proceedings," the Hindu newspaper said in an editorial.