The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has found itself in another controversy as its MLA from Sangam Vihar, Dinesh Mohaniya, has been charged with molesting a woman who approached his office with a demand for regular water supply.
Noor Banu alleged that Mohaniya refused to help her and the group of women who approached him, and further abused, manhandled and threatened them.
A case under sections of 323 (voluntary causing hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code, was registered after the woman approached the Delhi Police, police said.
Last month, an AAP leader and his son were charged with molesting several women at the son’s school in Punjab. In 2013, just a day after AAP’s resounding success in the Delhi assembly, then MLA Dharmendra Singh Koli was booked for molesting a woman during a clash that had broken out at a victory procession.
AAP MLA Somnath Bharti is also under investigation for abusing his wife and attempting to kill her.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, Noor Banu said, “We had gone to Mohaniya’s office to get the water problem resolved as we have been shuttling from one office to another for past five months just to get water. When we went there, the MLA started abusing me and called me names. The workers at his office came and started misbehaving with me. They held me from the collar of my blouse and threatened to kill (me).”
She further alleged that Mohaniya told them “there is a price for everything and nothing comes for free”.
The AAP legislator, however, defended himself by calling the allegations a conspiracy.
“Conspiracy against me by the naxos of Water mafia n local BJP unit, neither that women nor me in video,” he posted on Twitter.
AAP leader Dileep Pandey also tweeted that the complaint was baseless as there was no proof of the incident. “There is no evidence, not even a pic that @DineshMohaniya so called misbehaved. Allegations are being presented in form of verdict,” he tweeted.
Banu alleged that the workers demanded money to send a tanker to their locality and that she recorded the conversation. “I have audio recording of the workers demanding money for water and the MLA backing them. We had just demanded a water connection for Sangam Vihar as we were promised one, but nothing has been done till now. Earlier at least we used to get a water tanker, but now we do not even get that. How are we supposed to manage without water in this weather? Is it too big a demand?” she said.