A woman activist of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi, who had accused her party colleague of sexually harassing her, has committed suicide. The woman has allegedly consumed poison at her home in Narela in north-west Delhi. She died in hospital.
AAP has disowned the accused party member, but the state government has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the case. "Have ordered magistrate inquiry in AAP activist suicide case in Narela. DM north will do the inquiry," tweeted Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.
"The woman had filed a complaint against party colleague Ramesh Wadhwa for allegedly touching her inappropriately. A case of molestation was registered in June and the accused was arrested," a senior police officer said. She had been depressed since the man she had complained against was released on bail.
The woman had alleged that party colleague Ramesh Wadhwa was being protected by the local MLA.
"This girl had been raising the issue of her harassment for months but AAP leaders ignored it. This incident has established anti-woman character of AAP," Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay said in a statement. "Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and local MLA Sharad Chauhan are responsible for her death," he alleged.
"There is no mention of any lawmaker's name in any of the complaints. Whosoever is alleged to have harassed the girl has no connection with the party. The BJP should not stoop this low and play politics over the death of a poor girl. We also want action against the culprit," AAP spokesperson Deepak Bajpai said.
Many AAP lawmakers are already accused in molestation and domestic violence against women. Women are becoming unsafe in the party as well as in the state.