Politics has no place in the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW), outgoing chairperson Barkha Singh Shukla said on Wednesday, adding that the duty of the chairperson is to get justice for the aggrieved victims who approach the commission.
“The next chairperson should take our work forward. People have high expectations from the DCW. Some people asked me what will happen to us now but I told them they should not worry. There should not be any politics here. This chair is above politics,” Shukla said.
Shukla, a former Congress MLA, will complete her three-year-long tenure on July 17. She said, “My experience as chairperson has been great. I have worked hard and I have proved myself. Politically, people can say anything they like but I am very satisfied with the work I have carried out.”
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In the months preceding the end of her tenure, Shukla dealt with two high-profile cases, involving AAP leader Kumar Vishwas and AAP MLA Somnath Bharti. “In Vishwas’s case, we only summoned him as a witness because we thought he could save a wrecked family. Bharti’s wife approached the DCW with a complaint against him. Should we not have taken action on her complaint? The AAP has besmirched the commission by accusing us of playing politics. I may be from the Congress but my actions have not been endorsed by the party. Both the complaints have been handed over to the Delhi Police for further investigation. The next chairperson will decide what to do with these complaints,” she said.
Despite the AAP’s sweeping victory in the assembly election in December 2014, Shukla continued in her post, , unlike some of her colleagues affiliated to the Congress.