A woman activist of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi, who had accused her party colleague of sexually harassing her, committed suicide on Tuesday.
Her family claims she had been depressed since the man she had complained against was released on bail. AAP has disowned the accused man 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 allegedly took poison at her home in Narela in north-west Delhi. She died in hospital.
“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 told PTI.
A senior police officer told IANS, “She had made a police complaint on June 2, about one of her party collegue Ramesh Wadhwa for harassing her. We registered a case against him and arrested him on June 3.”
“He was granted police bail on June 4,” the officer added. The case was registered under Sections 506 (Punishment for criminal intimidation)and 509 (Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), police said.
“On Tuesday, she mixed something into her cold drink and tried to commit suicide around 2 p.m.,” the officer said, adding “She was rushed to hospital, but died around 7 p.m.”
She was basically unhappy over her party for not initiating any action against her alleged molestor, the officer said. Police further said that Wadhwa had got stay on his arrest from court on June 22.
In her police complaint, Soni has alleged Wadhwa for harassing her continuosly and asking for sexual favours. She even raised the matter in the party but no action was taken against him.
Meanwhile, the family members of the woman had alleged that Soni went into depression after bail was granted to the accused.