After the Aam Aadmi Party, its the BJP’s turn to pick up issue of African women allegedly involved in flesh trade in the capital.
This comes barely two weeks after Delhi BJP chief Harsh Vardhan met the President along with other MLAs to protest against the “anti-constitutional character” of the AAP members who had forcibly entered the residence of some African students in Khirki Extension during former law minister Somnath Bharti’s controversial midnight raid in the locality.
The BJP has launched a full-fledged attack on Bharti over the issue and had even requested the President to “look into the anarchy being spread by the AAP”.
In a statement issued on Friday by the Delhi BJP, Harsh Vardhan expressed “grave” concern over deteriorating law and order situation in the capital and also mentioned about African women being forced into flesh trade.
“Young women are brought to Delhi from other states and outside the country by offering them lucrative jobs. After that, they are treated in an inhuman way. The latest example is of African women who were brought to Delhi in the guise of providing them jobs and then forced into prostitution. In 2013, 1,559 cases of rape were reported in Delhi. Here, the honour of women, housewives, children and senior citizens is not safe,” the statement said.
Harsh Vardhan has also written to the Lieutenant-Governor, asking him to take stock of cases of missing children in the capital.
In a letter to L-G Najeeb Jung, he has demanded appropriate action to prevent crimes like kidnapping and offences against women.
“According to data provided in reply to a question in Parliament, number of missing children in Delhi was 5,111 in 2011, 5,284 in 2012 and 725 in 2013. These are figures of cases in which FIRs were lodged. If one includes cases in which no FIR was lodged, then the number could be shocking,” the statement said.