The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has sent AAP leader Kumar Vishwas a notice after a woman volunteer sent it a complaint, alleging that her family had asked her to leave the house because Vishwas was not publicly clarifying that he did not have a relationship with her. The complaint alleges that her name was being sullied in social media forums, and that Vishwas and his wife should both condemn the allegations against the complainant to prevent “her family from breaking apart because of the allegations”.
DCW chairperson Barkha Singh said the complainant had first approached the commission 20 days ago. “We collected photos that were circulated in the media. Vishwas’s wife has also made allegations and the complainant wants both of them to come out and accept that there is no such relationship. We are also not saying there is any relationship. But the fact that her family asked her to leave her house… made us summon Kumar Vishwas,” she said.
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Singh also said the victim has alleged that she tried to approach Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Vishwas, but the latter allegedly told her that “going to the police was futile”.
Vishwas rejected the allegations and said when the woman volunteer came to him, he asked her to file a police complaint against those who were harassing her. “She registered complaint 15 days ago, but police have not taken any action yet. She had sent me an email asking ‘what should I do now?’ Thereafter, AAP’s legal cell asked her to register an FIR in this regard,” he said.
Vishwas said the BJP is running a false campaign to malign him. “We know the BJP and the Congress are in pain due to the results of Delhi polls. This is only being done to bring us down, but I will keep on fighting against such dirty politics. We are not going to be scared.”
In a statement to the press, the woman volunteer, however, said that she saw no hand of any political party in the matter and only wanted “Vishwas to clarify publicly that there was no relationship between them”. Leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party, however, alleged that video evidence of her account to reporters showed that she was being prompted to say what she did.
Senior police officers said that the woman volunteer had indeed filed a complaint based on which an FIR was registered on April 29 at Nand Nagri police station. Senior officers said three people have been named in the FIR. “The victim, in her complaint, has said that some people have spread rumours that she has illicit relationship with AAP leader Kumar Vishwas on the social media and one of them even uploaded her photo on the internet as well,” a police officer said.
The AAP backed their leader and instead attacked police for not acting “on the volunteer’s complaint” and the media for misconstruing events.“Please spare our families,” Sanjay Singh said.
BJP state chief Satish Upadhyay attacked Kejriwal for “violating moral norms”, while Congress women’s wing chief Shobha Oza said, “When the woman approached him with her issue, saying her image is being tarnished and her marriage is falling apart, Kejriwal did nothing. Such apathetic and insensitive behaviour from him is very unfortunate.”