National Commission for Women (NCW) on Tuesday criticized Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s protest outside the Rail Bhawan, calling it a ‘childish act’.
NCW chairman Mamta Sharma said, “It is a very light and childish act. A Chief Minister sitting on a dharna, I don’t understand this thing. Apart from this, he talked about half rape and full rape, which is very wrong and it was not expected from him.
“What does he mean by half rape and full rape? He is sitting on the chair of Chief Minister and is saying all this. He has hurt the sentiments of women all across. I think he has no right to remain on his post anymore,” she added.
Sharma said the NCW will serve Kejriwal a notice on his remarks and will ask for his clarifications.
“He must clarify his statement. But, now he is taking a U-turn on this statement. He is saying that he did not say this. Instead of taking U- turn, he should apologize for his statement,” she added.
On Somnath Bharti, who has been criticized for his midnight raid on foreign nationals, Sharma said, “Bharti should not take law in his hands just because he is the law minister. He should look into the administrative aspects. But, his actions, after breaking into the premises of women, were very wrong. Even the police do not have a right to enter into any premises without a warrant.
“He has been summoned by the NCW at 3 p.m. today. But I am thinking of waiting till the report and will take action on him afterwards,” she added.
The Kejriwal-led AAP protest entered its second day on Tuesday, and neither of the two major political parties-the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are in favour of its continuance.
The AAP protests are taking place in the national capital despite heavy rain.
Commuters have been the hardest hit in central Delhi due to the AAP protest.
Over 4000 police personnel have secured the protest area, and Rapid Action Force (RAF) teams are on standby duty.
Kejriwal has threatened to disrupt this year's Republic Day parade on grounds that both the BJP and the Congress, besides a section of the media, are misleading the people.
He has also accused Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde of inconveniencing India by not cooperating with the Delhi administration. He said that as chief minister he will decide where he wants to sit for his protest, and not the central government or the Delhi Police.
Meanwhile, four Metro stations - Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhawan, and Race Course - have stopped operating until further notice. Massive traffic jams are expected in central Delhi.
Earlier, Kejriwal and AAP workers tried to remove the barricades at Rail Bhawan and threatened to go on an indefinite strike if his demands were not met.
"If by January 26, our demands are not met, then we will fill Rajpath with lakhs of people," Kejriwal warned.