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All work, no home for DCW chief till Children’s Day; seeks death for rapists within 6 months

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |

A week ahead of Children’s Day, Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson Swati Maliwal launched a unique protest against rape of minor girls in the Capital.

She claimed that which she would not go home but work round the clock and stay in office till 14 November.

She lamented that her repeated requests had fallen on deaf ears but added that the DCW had again requested the Union Home Minister, Chief Minister, Lt Governor and police commissioner to meet before Childrens’ Day and formulate a plan to ensure death penalty to rapists of children.

“For the past two years, DCW has been requesting the Centre to establish a high-level committee that will have Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Delhi’s CM Arvind Kejrival, Lt. Governor Anil Baijal, Delhi Police commissioner, as well as DCW chairperson but to no avail,” she said.

She added that despite dozens of letters and meetings, the same had not been done. As a result, there is no deterrence in the Capital for crime against minor girls. Until death penalty to rapists of little girls is given within months no one will be scared.

“The high-level committee that the commission was demanding could develop a system to ensure death penalty to rapists of children,” Maliwal felt.
Increasing number of rapes in the Capital, especially the rape of small children including a one and a half-year-old and a seven-year-old recently, Maliwal said had made her decide to work day and night without going home.

“I have tried every front, by sending letters, meeting  ministers, appearing in courts and yet rape of children continues to happen. The one and a half-year-old and the seven-year-old girls who were raped are Nirbhayas. I have met them and their eyes haunt me. In order to wake up the apathetic system towards their plight, I am protesting by working twice as much before the coming Children Day and create a mechanism for ensuring death penalty within six months for rapists of children,” said Maliwal.