National Commission for Women (NCW) chairperson Mamta Sharma on Tuesday wrote to President Pranab Mukherjee and Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, asking them to ensure action against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) minister Somnath Bharti for a recent midnight raid in south Delhi.
Sharma demanded that Bharti be asked to resign from his position with immediate effect.
Four African women allegedly assaulted in the midnight raid in Khirki Extension had identified Bharti as the leader of a mob that claimed to be acting against a drug and prostitution ring in the area. The law minister and his supporters were also accused of illegally detaining the Ugandan women and forcing them to undergo medical tests in public.
Bharti has since faced heat over his action and the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have demanded his resignation.
“We had asked for the ‘action taken report’ from Delhi Police, and yesterday (Monday) we received the report. In the report there are many sections which are against Somnath Bharti. There are serious allegations against him which are dangerous for democratic structure,” Sharma said.
“When the state (Delhi) commission had summoned him, he refused to appear before them. We thought that instead of summoning him again, we should write a letter to the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi and the President demanding his suspension,” she added.
Refuting Bharti’s allegations that the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) is a politically motivated body, Sharma said these state bodies are institutional bodies and have no political affiliations.
“If he says this, then he is wrong. He should have knowledge that these are statutory bodies and it has nothing to do with political parties,” she said.
“We have taken action against all those who have misbehaved with women irrespective of which political party they belong to,” she added.