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Meira Kumar for discussion on rising intolerance in Parliament

New Delhi, Nov. 25 : Expressing serious concern over the ongoing controversies surrounding the rising intolerance in the nation, Congress leader and former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Tuesday said that there should be a discussion in the Parliament on the same.

“We are worried about the rising intolerance, it has been our country’s pride that we have been a very tolerant country and if intolerance rises so much then all the people of our country will suffer. That is why we want a debate on it in the Parliament,” she said.

Kumar further said that it was the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA Government’s responsibility to handle the rising intolerance in the country.

“It is the responsibility of the ruling party to take on the issue of intolerance and especially when they are in such large majority, it puts even more responsibility on them,” she added.

Meanwhile, Aamir has been slapped with sedition charges in the Kanpur sessions court for his ‘intolerance’ statement. The hearing on this matter will take place on December 1.

The case has been filed under IPC Sections 124 A (sedition), 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups on religious grounds) 153 B (Imputations) and 505 (statements conducing to public mischief).

Speaking at the eighth edition of the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards, Aamir had earlier expressed alarm and despondency over the rise in cases displaying intolerance in the last six to eight months.

He had said that a sense of ‘insecurity’ and ‘fear’ had seeped deep within society.

“When I go home and talk to Kiran (Aamir’s wife), for the first time she says, ‘Should we move out of India?'” Khan said. (ANI)