Two days after AAP MLA Devender Sehrawat alleged that some AAP leaders in Punjab were sexually exploiting women in return for tickets to fight Assembly polls, a group of party volunteers from Barnala have alleged that a party Observer, Vijay Chauhan, “sexually exploited” his domestic help and “hushed up the matter by paying her Rs 1 lakh.”
AAP Barnala youth circle wing president Ravinder Singh Dhillon, its grievances committee in-charge Ishar Singh Fauji and volunteer Makhan Singh Namol released an audio clip Tuesday in which a ticket aspirant from Dhuri, Rajwant Singh Ghulli, was purportedly trying to convince a woman not to press rape charges against party Observer Vijay Chauhan.
In the clip, a woman’s voice was heard alleging that her “honour was compromised” and a male voice (allegedly Ghulli) was telling her “not to spoil his chances.” The volunteers alleged that the woman was later “paid off and sent to Amritsar.”
Ravinder Singh Dhillon told mediapersons that the woman was “sexually exploited” by Chauhan. He claimed the audio clip had been sent to senior party leaders but no action was taken. “She (the victim) is now in Amritsar… We don’t know her exact whereabouts. The conversation in the clip was recorded when she was talking to Ghulli over the phone when the incident came to light in June. She had given us the audio clip then. We have been seeking justice for her since then but no avail.”
However, Sanjay Singh has completely denied the claims saying, this was the first time he was hearing about the alleged incident. He refused to comment further on the matter, saying he was yet to hear the contents of the said audio tape. He added that strict action would be taken if the allegations were true.
On the other hand, Ghulli admitted that it was his voice in the tape but claimed that the woman and her husband were playing into the hands of certain elements who had “vested interests.”
A day after Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) Punjab observer Vijay Chauhan was accused of sexually exploiting his domestic help, Punjab Irrigation Minister and senior Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Sharanjit Singh Dhillon on Wednesday alleged that AAP people are not ordinary, and you will come to know gradually that they have links with such an agency, which is working to disintegrate the country, while demanding immediate investigation into the matter.
“AAP is involved in many scandals, every morning people in Punjab wake up to new scandal indulging AAP. Aam Aadmi Party people are not ordinary people. Gradually, you will find their links with an agency, which is working to disintegrate the country. That is why the AAP members make videos of Lok Sabha and try to leak secret information,” he added.