NCW chief defends DCW head Barkha Singh

NCW chief defends DCW head Barkha Singh

National Commission for Women (NCW) Chairperson Mamta Sharma today came out in support of head of Delhi Commission for Women Barkha Singh for "targetting" her and criticised Delhi Chief Minister for acting otherwise instead of taking action against his minister.

"Barkha is innocent as far as the Bharti issue is concerned. Instead of taking action against his Law Minister on moral grounds, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is acting otherwise," the NCW chief told reporters at the Indore Press Club today.

Mamta alleged that Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti had violated provisions of Indian constitution by entering the residence of an African woman without any orders and troubling them.

The NCW chairperson said that Barkha had issued summons to Bharti twice, but he has not respond to it.

The AAP-run Delhi government alleged that DCW Chairperson Barkha Singh is indulging in politics on the issue and demanded her removal from the post.

Mamta also strongly condemned the recent controversial statement made by Maharashtra Women's Commission member, Asha Mirge on Nirbhaya, who was gangraped in Delhi.

"Asha should resign from her post or should apologise in a very humble manner," the NCW chief said.

She also said that she would personally visit Birbhum district in West Bengal where a 20-year-old tribal woman was gang raped, in order to probe the matter.

Answering a question, she said that punishment in rape cases should be such that a convicted person "will not be able to live nor die".

Mamta also stressed that private companies should ensure protection of their women employees against sex related crimes.

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