Almost two weeks after her alleged molester was released on bail, a woman Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) activist committed suicide by consuming poison in a village on the outskirts of Delhi late on Tuesday.
The woman had reportedly lodged a molestation complaint against another co-party member last month. He was granted bail recently.
Following the incident, the BJP alleged that the incident has exposed the anti-woman character of the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP.
The woman has been identified as Soni, who resided in outer Delhi’s Narela village with her two daughters and other family members.
A senior police officer said: “She made a police complaint on June 2 against her party colleague Ramesh Wadhwa for harassing her. We registered a case against him and arrested him on June 3.”
“He was granted police bail on June 4,” the officer added.
The case was registered under Sections 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the police said.
“On Tuesday, she mixed something in her cold drink and tried to commit suicide around 2 p.m. She was rushed to hospital, but died around 7 p.m,” the officer said.
She was unhappy over her party’s decision to not initiate any action against her alleged molester, he said.
The police said Wadhwa had got stay on his arrest from the court on June 22.
In her police complaint, Soni had accused Wadhwa of harassing her continuously and seeking sexual favours. She even raised the matter in the party but no action was taken against him.
Meanwhile, family members of the woman alleged that Soni went into depression after bail was granted to the accused.
Attacking the AAP, Delhi unit BJP chief Satish Upadhyay said: “The real face of the AAP has been exposed and the suicide by the woman party worker has established the fact that it is an anti-woman party.”
“She raised the issue with party leaders but they kept on ignoring her complaint. This is not the first incident, around six cases have been filed against AAP leaders for misbehaving with women co-workers or those who go to their office with grievances,” Upadhyay added.