DCW chief Maliwal ends 10-day long hunger strike

Swati Maliwal

Swati Maliwal

Maliwal has been sitting on a hunger strike demanding death penalty for rapists of children.

DCW chief Swati Maliwal on Sunday ended her her indefinite fast after the Union Cabinet on Saturday approved an ordinance to award death sentence to rapists of children below 12 years of age.

As she congratulated the people for the ordinance, Maliwal noted that very few protests had achieved so much in such less time, and termed the governments decision a "historic victory" for independent India. The DCW chief said she would end her fast tomorrow at 2 pm.

Hours after the ordinance was approved by the Cabinet, Ms Maliwal announced that she would call of her indefinite fast on Sunday afternoon. The ordinance paves way for providing stringent punishment to those convicted of raping children.

"People ridiculed me when I made a decision to go on hunger strike". I wholeheartedly thank the central government. I even submitted 5.5 lakh letters written by citizens to the prime minister, but in vain.




"I am happy that though after nine days the Central government has taken the first step to hang rapists of small children within six months", she said and also appreciated the centre's plan to increase fast-track courts in the country that will help avoid delay in getting justice.

"The hunger strike is ending, but our struggle for women safety will continue", she said. "Since long, a need has been felt by the police itself to augment its resources by increasing its manpower", she added.

The cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the promulgation of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018, for effective deterrence against the commission of rape, thereby instilling a sense of security among women and especially young girls in the country.

Maliwal had also put forth her demand for constitution of a high-level committee, comprising Delhi chief minister, home minister and Lieutenant Governor to review safety of women in the national capital.

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