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Demands to sack Delhi law minister grow

Opposition wants Somnath Bharti sacked after second Ugandan woman says he led mob that assaulted her and friends.

Last updated: 23 Jan 2014 10:32
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Law Minister Somnath Bharti has denied any wrongdoing [Getty Images]

Demands are growing for the dismissal of Delhi's law minister after another Ugandan woman complained that a group of men led by Somnath Bharti had manhandled her.

The second woman on Thursday filed a complaint with the Delhi police saying Bharti had led a mob on January 15 that beat her and her friends.

The first Ugandan woman two days earlier had confirmed his identity in a recorded statement before a Delhi court.

She accused Bharti and a group of residents of attacking and beating her and four other African women from Uganda and Nigeria in their home when the minister conducted a sudden raid on their homes to bust what he alleged were drug and prostitution dens.

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The women were cleared in the drug tests they were compelled to take by Bharti.

Women’s groups claim that video grabs show Bharti abusing the women in “racist” and sexist terms.

On Thursday Delhi’s National Commission of Women (NCA) demanded that Bharti depose before them for abusing the African women and making sexist remarks and sent him two summons to appear before its panel.

The NCA representative told reporters they would file a police FIR against Bharti if he did not depose before them.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has defended Bharti even as demands grew louder that he be sacked. Bharti said he had video grabs that would prove his innocence. 

Resign over uncouth behaviour

Members of the Congress party met the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi and demanded Bharti be sacked.

Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party leaders have also lodged a complaint with the police against Bharti over the incident.

A group of petitioners comprising 40 activists and academicians have written to Kejriwal to sack Bharti over his behaviour.

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