NHRC awards Rs 25,000 to African women `racially abused` by Somnath Bharti

AAP leader Somnath Bharti

New Delhi, Nov 1: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has held that former law minister in the AAP government, Somnath Bharti, has “violated the law while holding a constitutional post”. The NHRC has also asked the Delhi government to pay Rs 25,000 each to 12 African women who were allegedly “racially abused” and humiliated by Bharti and his supporters in January.

According to reports, the commission said that the women’s human rights were violated and it was a fit case for awarding monetary relief.

The NHRC reportedly announced the compensation even as the Delhi Court waits to hear the case of alleged molestation and racial hatred that has been filed against the former Delhi law minister by the African women.

The chief secretary, Delhi government, has also been directed to submit a compliance report along with proof of payment within eight weeks.

While issuing the compensation, the NHRC relied upon the reports of retired additional district & sessions judge BL Garg and its own probe team.

The probe team reportedly stated that the AAP leader with his supporters humiliated the African women and wrongfully confined them in a vehicle on the ground that they were indulging in sex racket and drug trafficking.

It further added that they were illegally searched by a lady doctor at AIIMS, no drug could be recovered.

Meanwhile, Somnath Bharti issued a statement saying, “The NHRC had jumped to some unjustified conclusions without having followed the principles of natural justice and not getting his version of events.”

Bharti added: “The matter is sub-judice and it is beyond any reasonable understanding that the NHRC has arrived at conclusions without waiting for the outcome of the court proceedings. I have filed an application seeking reinvestigation and a probe into the role of the police.”

(With Agency Inputs)

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