Rekha Sharma, chairperson of the National Commission for Women has sought for the resignation of the newly appointed Chief Minister of Punjab Charanjit Singh Channi over #MeToo allegations levelled against him, as per reports.
Charanjit Singh Channi took oath as the Chief Minister of Punjab in September, 2021 after Amarinder Singh’s resignation. Prior to this, he was the Minister of Technical Education and Training and is a member of the Indian National Congress. He is reportedly the first Dalit Sikh Chief Minister of Punjab.
According to a #MeToo case in 2018, Channi had allegedly sent inappropriate texts to a female IAS officer Kavita Singh. Although, no complaint has been filed.
The National Commission for Women (NCW) sought resignation of the newly appointment CM. The Chairperson of the NCW, Rekha Sharma called it “shameful and objectionable” adding that another woman should not go through the same experience and called for Channi to be held accountable for his actions.
Sharma questioned the Congress Chief asking how being a woman herself could she not have considered the #MeToo allegations against the accused. The Chairperson also said, “One can only imagine what would be the state of women safety in the state given the one at the helm of affairs is himself accused of threatening women security.”
The Punjab State Commission for Women had reportedly taken cognisance of the incident yet the state government did not take any action against him. Chairperson Manisha Gulati had asked for reply but the state government and ones in Captain Amarinder Singh’s camp denied the allegations against Charanjit Singh Channi and called it a ‘witch hunt’.
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