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Outrage over Indian lawmaker's 'rape' threat

Published on Jul 1, 2014 3:50 PM

KOLKATA (AFP) - An Indian lawmaker faced calls to quit on Tuesday after he was captured on video threatening the rape of his political rivals' relatives.

Amid widespread outrage in India over a series of recent high-profile rape cases, the Trinamool Congress MP, Tapas Pal, could be clearly heard bragging of his ability to order attacks against his left-wing opponents.

"If CPIM (Communist Party of India-Marxist) tries to kill and intimidate our workers... I will not spare them. I will let loose my men to rape your women," he said in an address to followers in late May and filmed on a smart phone.

His comments drew widespread condemnation on Tuesday, including from Trinamool which is the fourth largest party in parliament and whose support is concentrated in the state of West Bengal.

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