The family of an AAP activist who allegedly committed suicide last week has told the National Commission for Women that the woman was asked to make “compromises with her body” if she wanted to rise in the party, NCW Chairperson Lalitha Kumaramangalam said.
“She was told you should stop loving your body so much and compromise, unless you do that you will not rise in the party. The last straw was when the man threatened to abduct her two daughters,” according to Lalitha Kumaramangalam.
NCW chief also alleged that the saga led all the way up to the Delhi president of the Aam Aadmi Party. The family also complained to the Commission that they were being harassed and that the school access of the 28-year-old woman’s two daughters had been stopped.
AAP worker Soni had committed suicide last week. According to her family, she had gone into depression after her alleged molester, a party colleague, was released on bail.
AAP spokesperson Deepak Bajpai reacted to the allegations saying “the accused has never been associated with the party even as a primary member. It was only on the insistence of the party and Delhi government that the case was registered and the accused was arrested.”
The NCW chairperson said she was told that the family is being harassed. “The daughters’ admission to school has been stopped and the local Aam Aadmi Party MLA was behind it. “I have spoken to HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar and he has assured me that he will get both the girls admitted to a school.”
The family also had concerns about the security provided to them and the NCW has requested the Crime Branch to ensure 24-hour security for the family.
Delhi Police crime branch on Wednesday arrested Ramesh Bhardwaj from Haryana in connection with the case.