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NCW Seeks 'Prompt And Impartial' Probe Into Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Punjab Minister Balkar Singh

Kuldeep Negi

May 28, 2024, 09:43 AM | Updated 09:42 AM IST

NCW Chairperson, Rekha Sharma. (pic via Twitter)
NCW Chairperson, Rekha Sharma. (pic via Twitter)

The National Commission for Women (NCW) has raised serious concerns over allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct against Punjab minister Balkar Singh.

The NCW has called for a "prompt and impartial" investigation into the matter.

BJP leader Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga brought these allegations to the forefront, accusing Balkar Singh, an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) member, of engaging in inappropriate sexual conduct.

Bagga stated that Singh was involved in sexual activity during a video call with a woman seeking employment.

Several BJP leaders also shared the purported video of Singh, claiming that he forced a 21-year-old woman jobseeker to undress during a video call and also showed his private parts to her.

The NCW, led by its chairperson Rekha Sharma, has vehemently condemned the purported behaviour.

In a post on X, the NCW stated that Sharma has asked the Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) to ensure a prompt and impartial investigation.

The NCW also asked a comprehensive report on the incident to be submitted within three days.

"The National Commission for Women is gravely disturbed by a Twitter post alleging inappropriate conduct by Punjab MLA Mr Balkar Singh. The reported acts, if substantiated, constitute serious violations under IPC sections 354 and 354B, directly affronting a woman's dignity. @sharmarekha vehemently condemns such behavior and calls for urgent intervention from @DGPPunjabPolice to ensure a prompt and impartial investigation. A comprehensive report to be submitted in 3 days," the NCW said in its post.

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Kuldeep is Senior Editor (Newsroom) at Swarajya. He tweets at @kaydnegi.

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