Former Rajya Sabha MP and Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury said that the casting couch was prevalent in all workplaces and the Parliament was not immune to it. She said that when a politician denigrates a woman, it is an issue.
When derogatory comments are made against women, it is an issue. When offensive videos are uploaded, it is again an issue. She questioned the government’s move to allow death penalty to rapists of girls under 12 years and asked if it was okay to rape girls of other ages. She wanted to know how many rapists are actually convicted. She called upon all women to break their silence on violence against them.