New Delhi, Jan 25 IBNS | 6 months ago

Hours after saying the Delhi Commission for Women (DWC) is a political organisation, state Law Minister Somnath Bharti on Saturday took a U-turn and said National Commission for Women (NCW) is a responsible organization.


"The NCW is a responsible organization. I do not want anyone to politicize the issue," said Bharti.

Pertinently, the DCW is the Delhi chapter of the NCW.

Bharti on Saturday said the DWC is a political organisation and that its chairperson Barkha Singh is a Congress member.

"Delhi Commission for Women is a political organisation. Its chief Barkha Singh is a Congress member. That is why she is in such a hurry to frame me," said Bharti.

Meanwhile, DCW members will on Saturday meet Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung to demand registration of a First Information Report (FIR) against Bharti over his alleged "midnight raid" last week.

The DCW on Thursday had threatened to file an FIR against Bharti if he failed to appear before it by Friday.

However, Bharti said he did not receive any summons from the DCW.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday said it will take action against its leader Bharti if he is found guilty.

"Somnath Bharti is being made a political target. If he is found guilty, then AAP will take necessary action against him," said AAP spokesperson Ashutosh.

This came after the National Commission for Women (NCW) on Wednesday said Bharti should resign over his alleged misbehavior towards an Ugandian woman here.

"Somnath Bharti should resign. It is Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's duty to demand his resignation," said NCW chairperson Mamta Sharma.

"As of now, the Delhi Commission for Women is dealing with the case. Bharti has been summoned. After the State Commission submits its report, we will take up the case," she said.

Adding more troubles for the AAP, a Delhi court ordered the police to register an FIR based on a complaint by a Ugandan woman alleging that a group of people from a political party forcibly entered her house in south Delhi and molested her.

This comes after Bharti on Jan 15 night ordered a raid at a building in Khirki Extension in south Delhi.

Bharti has been accused of illegally detaining Ugandan women and forcing medical exams on them.

The court has reportedly asked Delhi Police to submit a report by Feb 14 on what action they have taken on her complaint.

Former Solicitor General Harish Salve will represent the women who have filed a complaint with the Delhi Police against 'unknown persons' in connection with the case.

(Posted on 26-01-2014)