Maliwal Atishi alleges assault by CM’s aide, calls it BJP’s ploy

Senior AAP Leader Atishi Singh addresses a press conference related to the Swati Maliwal assault case at the AAP Headquarters in New Delhi on May 17, 2024.
| Photo Credit: Shashi Shekhar Kashyap

On Tuesday, Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Chief, Swati Maliwal alleged that she was slapped, kicked in the chest and threatened by an aide of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The incident reportedly occurred during her protest against the recent rape case in the national capital. In response, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Atishi has called it a BJP ploy to tarnish the reputation of the chief minister.

Maliwal had been on a hunger strike demanding strict action against the perpetrators of the recent Hathras gang-rape case. She was sitting on a makeshift stage outside the Delhi secretariat when she was allegedly attacked by the aide. Maliwal said that she was dragged by the neck and kicked in the chest by the man.

The DCW chief has lodged a complaint with the police, and the accused has been arrested. The AAP has condemned the incident and said that the party does not support any kind of violence.

However, there are conflicting reports about the incident. Some reports suggest that the man who attacked Maliwal was a member of the AAP’s women wing. Others claim that he was a supporter of the party who was acting on his own.

The incident has sparked a political row, with the BJP and other opposition parties slamming the AAP for failing to control its supporters. The opposition parties have also accused the AAP of being insensitive towards the issue of women’s safety.

This is not the first time that the AAP has been accused of violence. In the past, several incidents of violence and assault have been reported against the party workers and leaders. The party has been criticized for its high-handedness and lack of accountability.

The incident comes at a time when the BJP has been attacking the AAP government in Delhi over its handling of the Hathras gang-rape case. The BJP has accused the AAP of politicizing the issue and failing to take adequate measures to ensure women’s safety in the city.

The incident has also raised questions about the safety of women activists and protesters in the country. It is essential that the authorities take strict action against those who resort to violence and intimidation against women who are fighting for their rights.

In conclusion, the attack on Swati Maliwal is a deplorable incident that highlights the need for greater respect for women’s rights and safety. The incident should serve as a wake-up call for the political parties to ensure that their supporters do not indulge in violence and intimidation. The authorities must take strict action against those responsible for the attack to send a strong message that such behavior will not be tolerated.

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