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Uproar after India MP 'force-feeds' Muslim fasting worker

Published on Jul 23, 2014 7:47 PM
 

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's parliament erupted in anger on Wednesday after television footage showed a hardline Hindu nationalist lawmaker apparently trying to force-feed a Muslim man during the fasting month of Ramadan.

Opposition Congress MPs launched raucous protests in the parliament, saying the lawmaker had violated the man's religious beliefs by aggressively trying to shove a chapati or piece of bread in his mouth.

"It is absolutely reprehensible and should be condemned in the strongest possible manner," Congress party spokesman Manish Tewari later told reporters.

The lawmaker is from the hardline Hindu nationalist outfit Shiv Sena, a key ally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party which swept to power at May elections.

 
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