The National Commission for Women on Monday summoned Aam Aadmi Party spokesperson Ashutosh for his controversial blog defending sacked Delhi minister Sandeep Kumar over an “objectionable” CD, saying it was a “consensual”act and that he had done no wrong.
“We have asked him to come on 8 September as we feel he wrote a very reprehensible and demeaning blog, where he defended a man accused of rape,” NCW chairperson Lalitha Kumaramangalam said. “…The Commission has taken a note in the larger interest because we feel that as a spokesperson of a party that governs Delhi and a party whose members have been accused of many incidents of violence against women he should not be writing a blog like this which reeks of patriarchy and misogyny,” she said.
The NCW chairperson also said Ashutosh jumped the gun in terming the incident as an act among two consenting adults when a criminal investigation is underway. “This is not a blog especially the spokesperson of a party, whose minister committed the crime, should be allowed to get away with,” Kumaramangalam said. In his blog on NDTV website Ashutosh had written, “The video clearly establishes that both individuals knew each other and consented to sex in a private space away from the public glare. The question then is that if two consenting adults are physically involved with each other, is it a crime?” RTI ACTIVIST FILES COMPLAINT Meanwhile, a complaint was filed against Ashutosh for defending sacked AAP minister Sandeep Kumar facing rape charge in his blog. The complaint was filed earlier today by a RTI activist and former journalist, Subodh Jain in Jyoti Nagar police station. Subodh in his complaint has recommended that the leader be sent for a ‘mental check up’ and also asked the police to charge him under appropriate sections of the law.
A senior police official from the district said, "Yes we have received the complaint from Subodh Jain. We are currently looking into the contents of the letter and are trying to ascertain if any case can be made out against the AAP leader. So far no case has been registered". The complaint was registered after Ashutosh in his blog had defended the ex minister Sandeep Kumar by citing Mahatma Gandhi and Jawahar Lal Nehru’s reported relationships with women and claimed that he was sacked as a minister for "perception management". In his complaint, Subodh Jain said, "Now that the debauchery of his own party leader has been exposed Ashutosh’s argument of private life and his questioning of Mahatma Gandhi’s character is a sign of his warped mindset".
The complainant added that Ashutosh’s "low-grade" argument has "deeply hurt" him as well as a large number of people. The blog post had drawn sharp criticism from all quarters of the opposition and also from his own party for drawing parallels between the sacked minister and Gandhi and Nehru. Earlier, the National Commission for Women had also summoned the leader for his comments.