The family of an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) activist who allegedly committed suicide last week has alleged that she was urged to “make compromises with her body” to rise through the ranks.
According to the National Commission for Women or NCW, the family has complained that the 28-year-old woman was harassed and even threatened with the kidnapping of her daughters.
“She was told you should stop loving your body so much and compromise, and unless you do that you will not rise in the party. The last straw was when a man threatened to abduct her two daughters,” Lalitha Kumaramangalam, who heads the women’s panel, said on Wednesday.
She alleged that the activist’s two daughters could not go to school because their admission had been blocked by the AAP government.
Ms Kumaramangalam also claimed the harassment went all the way up to AAP’s Delhi chief Dilip Pandey, an allegation that the party firmly denied today.
“There is pressure on the family to name Dilip Pandey in the case,” said AAP’s Ashutosh. He said the AAP legislator of the area where the woman lived was questioned for nine hours straight last evening. “We won’t be surprised if he is also arrested soon,” he commented while hitting out at the centre over the arrest of 11 AAP lawmakers.
The activist, who had earlier filed a police complaint accusing a party colleague of sexual harassment, took poison at her home last week.
Her family said she had been depressed since the accused man, Ramesh Wadhwa, was released on bail and believed that he was being helped by an AAP legislator.
Denying the charge, AAP declared an inquiry and also said that it will help the activist’s daughters with school admissions.
AAP spokesperson Deepak Bajpai said: “The accused man has never been associated with the party even as a primary member. It was only on the insistence of the party and Delhi government that the case was registered and the accused was arrested.”