Bhim Army Chief Azad denies allegations, NCW takes cognizance of derogatory tweets
Women complainants had approached the National Commission for Women against derogatory and demeaning tweets sent out from Azad’s twitter handle. Meanwhile, Azad has claimed innocence, saying that the derogatory comments were made from his handle when he was in jail.
The National Commission for Women (NCW) has taken cognizance of Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad. According to the NCW, several women complainants had approached the commission against the “derogatory and demeaning” remarks that were tweeted out by Azad’s official twitter handle. The screenshots of these tweets were doing the rounds on social media and it is fair to say that the comments are abusive and extremely objectionable.
Meanwhile, Azad has claimed innocence, saying that he was in jail when these comments were sent out from his Twitter handle.
“The Commission, which received several tweets from women who were targeted by the political leader, has written to the Director-General of Police, Uttar Pradesh directing that the matter be investigated thoroughly,” NCW chief Rekha Sharma said in a statement released on Friday. She has asked the DGP UP about the action initiated against the complaint.
The NCW is also in touch with the Saharanpur Superintendent of Police “to ensure quick action is taken in the matter.”
Meanwhile, Bhim Army chief Azad has claimed innocence, saying that he was lodged in jail when these tweets sent out from his handle
The tweets in contention, doing the rounds on the social media platforms, were posted between March 2018 and the first week of September 2018.
Notably, the Dalit leader was arrested by the UP Police in connection to the Saharanpur caste violence in June 2017. Later, the stringent National Security Act (NSA) was imposed against him.
The UP administration had ordered his release on September 14, 2018.
Responding to the allegations, Azad said, “Between 8 June 2017 and 14 September 2018, I was in jail in connection to the Saharanpur violence case. The controversial tweets were sent out between this period and I had no knowledge of it.”
मेरे एकाउंट से महिलाओं पर अभद्र भाषा के कुछ ट्वीट वायरल हो रहे हैं, जो कि बहुत निंदनीय है। ज्ञात हो कि सहारनपुर हिंसा के संदर्भ में मैं 08/06/2017 से 14/09/2018 तक जेल में था।
विवादित ट्वीट इसी दौरान के हैं जिस संबंध मुझे जानकारी नही है। मैं महिलाओं का बहुत सम्मान करता हूँ। 1/2 pic.twitter.com/vU5jo4bp43
— Chandra Shekhar Aazad (@BhimArmyChief) June 18, 2020
He further added that his present twitter account was handed over to him by a worker and was created in February 2018.
“I am a soldier of Babasaheb (Ambedkar) and I respect women. The said tweets are objectionable and I make making the changes to this twitter account,” he said.