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  1. AAP leader Somnath Bharti spouse complaint: ‘Why is Arvind Kejriwal silent’, asks DCW chief

AAP leader Somnath Bharti spouse complaint: ‘Why is Arvind Kejriwal silent’, asks DCW chief

The DCW chairperson today questioned Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's silence on the allegations levelled against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Somnath Bharti by his wife and wondered whether he would take "proactive" steps to protect the AAP MLA as he had done when Kumar Vishwas had faced a row.

By: | Published: June 12, 2015 8:56 AM

The DCW chairperson today questioned Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s silence on the allegations levelled against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Somnath Bharti by his wife and wondered whether he would take “proactive” steps to protect the AAP MLA as he had done when Kumar Vishwas had faced a row.

“Why is the Delhi chief minister silent?

“I want to know whether Kejriwal, who had taken a proactive stance to protect Kumar Vishwas, will do the same for Somnath Bharti, whose wife has levelled charges of dowry, cheating and domestic violence against him,” said Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson Barkha Shukla Singh.

She also said that Kejriwal should ask AAP MLA and former Delhi law minister Bharti to resign. She also demanded that Bharti should make a public apology for his alleged wrongdoings.

DCW had summoned Vishwas last month after a woman AAP volunteer had approached it accusing the party leader of not dispelling “false rumours” about him having an illicit relationship with her.

Kejriwal at the time had described the matter as “despicable” and said that “AAP would prefer to be silent as families of party leaders were being targeted in the name of politics”.

Referring to those comments, Singh today said, “Will the chief minister still call it politics. Kejriwal had also defended Bharti when some Ugandan women had complained to the Commission against him after the midnight crackdown in his constituency. Will he defend him this time also?”

Bharti’s wife Lipika yesterday filed a complaint with DCW of domestic violence by her husband.

“The couple had met on ‘shaadi.com’ and Bharti had told her lies about owning an international law firm. The couple married in 2010 and Bharti had demanded a car and house as dowry from her.

“She has also complained of physical and mental torture. After making her complaint, she is scared for her life,” the DCW chief said.

In her 26-page complaint, Lipika alleged that her children and she “are subject to continuous physical and mental torture by my husband. There is a persistent threat to life from my husband and his supporters. This has been going on since 2010.

“He had set his dog on me when I was seven-months pregnant,” she has alleged.

DCW has issued a notice to Bharti, the AAP MLA from Malviya Nagar, to appear before it by June 26.

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    Shyam Prasad
    Jun 13, 2015 at 6:37 am
    DCW Chair Person should be apolitical and work for welfare of women. It is not her business to wonder about what Aravind Kejriwal or Amith Shah will do about their wife beating MLAs.
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      Pavi
      Jun 13, 2015 at 3:36 pm
      AAP is the only party in India that murdered a person in broad daylight in front of cameras, while party workers and leaders cheered. Nothing better can be expected from AAP leaders.
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      1. Prasad Indomitable
        Jun 12, 2015 at 7:34 pm
        And who is DCW is to ask such question ? DCW is a consutional body and it should do its actual job, i.e to settle the family dispute amicably, instead of playing politics or indulging in political verbal war. It is a shame that somebody's house is breaking up and they are trying to take political mileage out of it. Moreover be it Somnath Bharti or any male , he should not go to Women's commission. The way Barkha Singh and other DCW members have already taken sides, blabbering nonsense against Bharti and already umed the wife's complaints as holy truth, it is pointless to go there. It is exposing their biased and anti-male stance. No man can ever get justice at women's commission. It is a wastage of time to go there. Regarding Barkha Singh, this woman is known for spitting venom against men in TV debates. She is not suitable to head any such commission. If she has interest in doing politics she should join mainstream politics. She should not waste tax payer's money by remaining in women's commission and taking huge ry for that.
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