Women's groups demand action against Somnath Bharti
Women rights organisations here have written an open letter to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, urging him to take action against Law Minister Somnath Bharti for his alleged action against Ugandan women.
"It is with extreme dismay that we write to you regarding the horrific act of harassment and racial profiling of Ugandan women by a group led by Somnath Bharti, comprising other members of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)," the letter said.
"Such a targeting goes against the sense of security and human rights of all women in general, and of single and working women in particular."
"This was also a clear case of racial profiling against foreign citizens. We are, therefore, shocked to see you and other leaders of your party defend the actions of Somnath Bharti," it added.
The group has also mentioned that the television footage of the incident, including Somnath Bharti's own detailed statements, CCTV footage from AIIMS and the complaints by the women themselves, clearly indicate that the law minister has endangered the women and instigated the crowd to violate their rights.
The group reiterated the long-standing demand that the central government take urgent necessary steps towards bringing Delhi Police under the administrative control of the Delhi government.
(Posted on 22-01-2014)