NCW writes to President seeking Bharti's resignation

National Commission for Women chairperson Mamata Sharma has written to the President and the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi seeking the resignation of law minister Somnath Bharti.

She also rejected the police action against the minister, terming it “weak”.

The NCW chairperson said that the Commission has taken up the matter of “derogatory remarks and outrage of the modesty of ladies of another nation’.

She expressed disappointment over police action against the minister and rejected the report of the joint police commissioner saying that the FIR (First Information Report) lodged is weak and “insufficient in relation to the alleged crime committed”.

The NCW and the State Commission for Women have taken cognizance of the matter.

The Delhi law minister had sent a lawyer to represent him before the Delhi Women's Commission, which had issued summons to him on complaints from five Ugandan women of harassment at the hands of a mob led by the minister.

The plaint pertained to the midnight-raid on January 15 led by Bharti in response to complaints about a drug-cum-prostitution racket in Khirki Extension of south Delhi.

The minister was summoned on Friday. The Delhi Commission for Women turned away Bharti’s lawyer saying the commission's rules did not allow such representation.

Bharti alleged “political motive” behind the Women’s Commission’s moves. The NCW condemned the allegation.

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