The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) activist who allegedly committed suicide last week was 'told to make compromises with her body' to rise through the ranks of her party, the victim's family members claim.
According to the National Commission for Women or NCW, the family has complained that the 28-year-old woman was harassed and even threatened with the kidnapping of her daughters.
"She was told you should stop loving your body so much and compromise, and unless you do that you will not rise in the party. The last straw was when the man threatened to abduct her two daughters," NCW Chairperson Lalitha Kumaramangalam said on Wednesday.
She alleged that the activist's two daughters could not go to school because their admission had been blocked by the AAP government.
NCW chief also alleged that the saga led all the way up to the Delhi president of the Aam Aadmi Party Dilip Pandey, an allegation that the party firmly denied today.
The NCW chairperson said she was told that the family is being harassed. "The daughters' admission to school has been stopped and the local Aam Aadmi Party MLA was behind it. "I have spoken to HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar and he has assured me that he will get both the girls admitted to a school."
According to her family, she had gone into depression after her alleged molester, a party colleague, was released on bail.
The family also had concerns about the security provided to them and the NCW has requested the Crime Branch to ensure 24-hour security for the family.
Reacting to the allegations AAP leader Ashutosh said, "There is pressure on the family to name Dilip Pandey in the case."
He said the AAP legislator of the area where the woman lived was questioned for nine hours straight last evening. "We won't be surprised if he is also arrested soon," he commented while hitting out at the centre over the arrest of 11 AAP lawmakers.
AAP spokesperson Deepak Bajpai said, "the accused has never been associated with the party even as a primary member. It was only on the insistence of the party and Delhi goverment that the case was registered and the accused was arrested."
Meanwhile, the police has arrested Ramesh Bhardwaj, the accused in the AAP worker suicide case. The woman victim had alleged that she was tortured and harassed for sexual favours by Bhardwaj.
The police had filed a case of abetment to suicide after the woman killed herself on July 18. She had also registered a case of sexual harassment against Bhardwaj on June 2.
The woman, police said, had sent a message to a WhatsApp group, alleging that Bhardwaj and two others—Amit Kumar and Rajni Kanth—were forcing her to withdraw the complaint. She poisoned herself to death at her Narela house on Tuesday after sending the message.