Raid Led by Bharti Kicks up a Row

A midnight raid against African women by a group led by Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti triggered a massive controversy on Sunday

Published: 20th January 2014 08:26 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th January 2014 08:26 AM   |  A+A-

A midnight raid against African women by a group led by Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti triggered a massive controversy on Sunday, with the Delhi police and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) taking up the matter of the alleged harassment and assault against six Ugandan women and one Congo male student.

The police registered an FIR against unknown persons following the directions of a local court here. The court had directed the Delhi Police to register an FIR under sections 451 (house trespass), 427 (mischief), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the IPC.

The court had asked for a video footage aired by some TV channels to be shown to the foreign nationals to help them in identifying their tormentors.

Meanwhile, taking suo motu cognizance of media reports, the NHRC issued notices to the Home Ministry, Delhi Police and Delhi government seeking reports on incidents of racial prejudice and unlawful acts.

The NHRC observed that the contents of the press report, if true, raise up a serious issue of violation of human rights.

“In the wake of media reports alleging attacks and the acts of discrimination against African nationals, the NHRC has condemned any act of discrimination against any caste, colour, race, sex etc,” the NHRC statement said.

An NGO has alleged that the foreigners were subjected to extreme atrocity, humiliation and hardship by the unlawful mob led by the Delhi Law Minister.

“The DCP also told me that there was no specific complaint about drugs and prostitution in the area of Khirki extension, except some information provided at the behest of Bharti, which was more to oust the Africans, who were described as “Blacks” by the AAP vigilante activists,” Amod Kanth, General Secretary of NGO Prayas said in a statement.

Kejriwal launched an offensive against the Centre demanding action against police officials for failing to prevent the gangrape of a Danish woman, “negligence” by the police in busting an alleged prostitution racket involving African nationals and the alleged failure in nabbing those involved in a dowry death case in West Delhi.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also threatened to protest with all ministers and Aam Aadmi Party MLAs for the sake of women’s security.


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