NCW demands resignation of Law Minister

Last Updated: Friday, January 17, 2014 - 22:25

New Delhi: The National Commission for Women today took suo motu cognisance of media reports that some women foreign nationals were allegedly forcibly held captive and made to undergo medical tests to find out if they had consumed drugs on the orders of the Law Minister.

The Commission demanded that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal sack Law Minister Somnath Bharti for his "inappropriate behaviour".

"It is a serious matter and a case of clear-cut violation of women`s rights. A person, even if he is a Minister, cannot search anyone`s premises or force someone to undergo medical tests without warrant," NCW chairperson Mamata Sharma said.

Terming the incident as "unacceptable," Sharma said, "Moreover, here the implementing authority is police. A Minister`s job is policy making and administrative work."

Asking the Chief Minister to initiate stern action against Bharti, the NCW chairperson said, "The CM should sack him."

Bharti had yesterday tried to raid an alleged drug and prostitution ring but police had refused to do his bidding citing lack of warrant. He had reportedly directed police to escort some women nationals to a medical facility and get them tested for drugs.

PTI

First Published: Friday, January 17, 2014 - 22:25

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