A female Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) worker committed suicide after her molester -- also a party member -- was released on bail, police said on Wednesday.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alleged that the incident has exposed the anti-women character of the party.
The deceased has been identified as Soni, who resided in outer Delhi’s Narela area with her two daughters and other family members.
A senior police officer said, “She had made a police complaint on June 2, about one of her party colleagues, Ramesh Wadhwa harassing her. We registered a case against him and arrested him on June 3.”
“He was granted police bail on June 4,” the officer added.
The case was registered under Sections 506 (Punishment for criminal intimidation)and 509 (Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), police said.
“On Tuesday, she mixed something into her cold drink and tried to commit suicide around 2 pm,” the officer said, adding “She was rushed to hospital, but died around 7 pm”
She was basically unhappy over her party for not initiating any action against her alleged molester, the officer said.
Police further said that Wadhwa had got stay on his arrest from the court on June 22.
In her police complaint, Soni has alleged Wadhwa for harassing her continuously and asking for sexual favours. She even raised the matter in the party but no action was taken against him.
Meanwhile, the family members of the woman had alleged that Soni went into depression after bail was granted to the accused.
Attacking AAP, Delhi unit BJP chief Satish Upadhyay said, “The real face of AAP has been exposed and the suicide by the woman party worker has established the fact that it is an anti-women character party.”
“She raised the issue with the party leaders but they kept on ignoring her complaint,” Upadhyay said, adding, “And it is not the first incident, around six cases has been filed against AAP leaders for misbehaving with the women, who either work with them or go to their office to meet them.”
Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly, Vijender Gupta, also questioned Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s silence on this sensitive issue while stating that he was aware about all the events.
“This is a very serious matter and we are going to the National Commission for Women and will talk to them. Why is the Aam Aadmi Party silent on this issue?” he asked.
(With ANI inputs)