New Delhi, September 20
National Commission for Women (NCW) Chairperson Rekha Sharma has sought the resignation of newly-appointed Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi over the “#MeToo allegations” levelled in opposition to him.
In a press release, Sharma mentioned it was “shameful” that such an individual was appointed the chief minister of Punjab.
“This is shameful and extremely objectionable that such an individual has been appointed because the CM of Punjab. We are not looking for one other lady to undergo the identical expertise and endure the identical harassment that the IAS officer would have confronted. Channi must be held accountable and will resign from the put up of CM,” she mentioned.
Sharma mentioned the Punjab State Commission for Women had taken cognisance of the incident but the state authorities didn’t take any motion in opposition to him.
“I’m shocked and completely upset to search out that Charanjit Singh Channi, a MeToo accused who had allegedly despatched an inappropriate textual content message to a feminine IAS officer in 2018, has been appointed because the chief minister of Punjab,” Sharma mentioned.
“One can solely think about what can be the state of ladies security within the state given the one on the helm of affairs is himself accused of threatening girls safety. If an IAS officer has been denied justice within the state, how can the Congress be sure that the frequent girls of Punjab can be protected? Despite being a lady herself, the Congress chief didn’t contemplate the MeToo allegations made in opposition to Channi and appointed him the CM,” she mentioned.
The challenge had resurfaced in May this yr when the Punjab girls panel chief threatened to go on a starvation strike if the state authorities did not apprise her inside every week of its stand on the “inappropriate textual content” message allegedly despatched by Channi, who was then a minister within the Amarinder Singh authorities.
Punjab Women Commission chairperson Manisha Gulati had mentioned she had written to the chief secretary looking for the federal government’s motion taken report. PTI