Chandigarh: Earlier today, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channy was sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Punjab. Later that day, Rekha Sharma, chairperson of the National Commission for Women (NCW), demanded her resignation over ‘#Metoo allegations’.
Sharma said in a statement that it was “shameful” to appoint such a person as the Chief Minister of Punjab. “It is shameful and highly objectionable that such a person has been appointed as the Chief Minister of Punjab. We do not want the other woman to go through the same experience and endure the persecution that the IAS officer may have had to endure. Channy should be held accountable and he should resign as Chief Minister, ”she said.
“I was shocked and completely disappointed to see that Meetu accused Charanjit Singh Channy, who had sent an allegedly inappropriate text message to a female IAS officer in 2018, was appointed as the Chief Minister of Punjab,” Sharma said.
“One can only imagine the state of women’s security when they are accused of threatening women’s safety. If an IAS officer has been denied justice in the state, how can the Congress ensure that ordinary women of Punjab are safe? Despite being a woman herself, the Congress chief did not consider the MeToo allegations leveled at Channy and appointed him chief minister, ”she added.
The issue resurfaced in May this year, when Punjab’s women’s panel chief threatened to go on a hunger strike if it failed to inform the state government of its position on the alleged “inappropriate text” message sent by Channy. A minister in the Amarinder Singh government.
Punjab Women’s Commission chairperson Manisha Gulati had said that she had written a letter to the chief secretary seeking a report on the government’s action.
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