A day after three Ugandan women from Khirki Extension approached Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti alleging that they had been forced into prostitution, the AAP came out in Bharti’s support. At a demonstration organised at Jantar Mantar on Wednesday, AAP leaders criticised the BJP and the Delhi Police for not taking any action in the case.
Though he put in an appearance at the protest venue, Bharti did not address the crowd.
However, speaking to reporters after the protest, Bharti said, “From the account of the Ugandan women, it seems that a few members of the Ugandan High Commission in India and in Uganda were involved in the racket. The Delhi Police also played a role in such rackets.”
Stating that the victims had themselves approached Bharti and later recorded a statement with the Delhi Police, AAP leader Sanjay Singh said, “The residents of Khirki have been complaining to us for the last six months. Such a racket cannot take place without the support of the Delhi Police.”
Attacking BJP leader Arun Jaitley, Singh said, “He did not listen to the problems of Khirki residents. He should go to Khirki with folded hands and apologise for writing a blog in support of the Delhi Police. The AajTak expose on Delhi Police shows how it functions.”
He further alleged that members of the Congress and BJP were trying to destabilise the AAP government in Delhi.
The protest also saw the problem of rapes and racial discrimination being brought to the fore. “If the Delhi Police was under the Delhi government and there were instances of racial discrimination against those from the Northeast, or rapes take place in the capital or foreigners were harassed, we promise you, we will step down from the government,” AAP leader Gopal Rai said.
With Jantar Mantar witnessed a slew of protests on Wednesday, many of whom rushed to the AAP leaders requesting the leaders to support their respective causes.