The indefinite hunger strike by Delhi Commission of Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal demanding capital punishment to rapists of minors entered eighth day on Friday.
Ms Maliwal, who has been protesting here at Rajghat since Friday last, was joined by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor Arvind Kejriwal. Mr Kejriwal, who has come to support in her fight for the second time, said,”Swati ji has been sitting here for eight days without food. She has sat for us to ensure women feel safe across the country and for that a law is being made.We salute her sacrifice.”
“Today, Central Government filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court stating that the law will be changed. One who rapes a child below 12-years-old, will be given capital punishment. This is a big initiative. I have requested Swati ji that her health and life is very precious for us and this fight can be continued. I would like that she end her fast, take rest and after few months if the Government doesn’t accept other demands, she sit for fast again,” the Delhi Chief Minister stated.
“She told me that she is healthy and she is determined. I would like to request her to reconsider her decision again,” he stated.
On Tuesday, the DCW chief had written to MPs urging them to support her fight. “I urge you all (MPs) to raise your voices on the issue of atrocities and crimes against women and teenage girls so that it reaches Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Parliament,” Ms Maliwal wrote in her letter.
In the last few days, various politicians, including AAP leaders and BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha and others had joined Ms Maliwal in her sit-in protest.