New Delhi, March 7: It was a moment of truth for parliamentarians when DMK senior leader TR Baalu read out the detail accounts of atrocities committed against Tamil men and women in Sri Lanka in the floor of the Lok Sabha on Thursday, March 7.
In fact, the horrible crime committed against Tamils in Sri Lanka numbed the politicians and the house was in complete silence when Baalu finished reading out his speech.
Lok Sabha debated on the issue of Sri Lankan Tamils and crime committed against them by the neighbouring country.
A US backed resolution against Sri Lanka will go up for voting in Geneva later this month. All the political parties of Tamil Nadu, including DMK and AIADMK wants India to vote in favour of the UNHRC resolution against SL. However, Congress-led UPA government is yet to make its position clear.
"What is the government stand on Sri Lanka? Can we please make it clear? I'm not sure what the stance on Sri Lanka is," said TR Baalu.
While narrating the horror on Tamils, Baalu cited the first person account by a female Tamil prisoner narrating how she was taken to the fourth floor of the CID office in Colombo, beaten with electrical wires, burned with cigarette butts, raped and forced to perform oral sex on her captors.
"I apologise for this content, but this report was published in the media", said Baalu.
"Sri Lankan Tamils were subjected to various forms of genocide", says Baalu.
Baalu questioned as why ‘War criminal' Rajapaksa was allowed to visit Tirupathi temple.
"Why is India allowing the war criminal to come to our holy places? Why was he allowed to go the Tirupathi temple? asks Baalu. "He is coming here to wash the blood off his hands.Not just the blood of Tamil civilians but of the child, Balachandran Prabhakaran", he said.
BJP too condemned the crimes against Tamils in Sri Lanka.
Lamenting the tragedy, Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said, "the tragedy of the Sri Lankan Tamils is one of the greatest of our time, and even more shocking that the tragedy was continuing today."