DCW Chief Swati Maliwal breaks her indefinite hunger strike

Congratulations end fast Arvind Kejriwal to Swati Maliwal after Centre says will ensure death for child rapists

DCW chief Swati Maliwal at the fast

Refusing to end her fast despite the Centre's affidavit to the Supreme Court on amendments to the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson Swati Maliwal on Friday said she will continue to protest till stringent laws are formulated. "If the government doesn't implement the law within three months as promised, then I will again start my protest", she added. Swati, who was sitting on a hunger strike at Rajghat since last 10 days, told her supporters on Saturday, "Our demands were made in the Cabinet meeting yesterday. Until a system is there which ensures safety for the last girl, I won't give up", she had said on Saturday.

She had been demanding death penalty for rape of minors and setting up of fast-track courts across the country to try rape cases.

"Till the time this ordinance does not come and till the time the plan to determine the police resources and accountability is not brought forward by the central government, this fast would not be broken", she said.

The minimum punishment in case of rape of women has been increased from rigorous imprisonment of seven years to 10 years, extendable to life imprisonment, they said.

Maliwal began her fast on April 13 in the wake of rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua in January and other similar crime elsewhere.

"We had sent more than five lakh letters to our Prime Minister that were received by DCW but no action was taken". After which, I chose to sit on a hunger strike. She also demanded for constitution of a panel comprising Delhi chief minister, home minister and lieutenant-governor to review safety of women in the national capital.

Ms Maliwal had on Saturday written to the Prime Minister mentioning her six demands, including the passage of the ordinance, recruitment of police personnel as per the United Nations standards and fixing accountability of the police force.

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