Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Chief Swati Maliwal has done something great that each and every Indian is really proud of. Swati Maliwal contemplated fasting in the wake of the widely condemned rape and murder of an eight-year-old Asifa Bano in Jammu and Kashmir in January and similar crimes at any other place in the country.
Swati Maliwal began her fasting and continued doing it for 10 days despite losing strength. Things got from bad to worse when she fell sick. However, her persistent act in the build-up to bring about a change in the society, forced the government to take necessary steps against those who are convicted of raping and murdering young girls.
It was well and truly a historic victory. With intensity, ferocity, grit and determination to fight, Swati never gave up ‘hunger strike’ by any means. She said that she was fighting alone initially but her constant fighting attracted quite a notable support by people across the nation. Indians can now breathe a sigh of relief as the government considered to take the action.
Maliwal said that this is not the end of the fight as she said that it is just the beginning. She went on to add saying that if the government didn’t fulfil the promise then she said she will start protesting. “But this is not the end of our fight, this is just the beginning. We have a long way to go. If the government doesn’t implement the law within three months as promised, then I will again start my protest,” she added.
Maliwal deserves a huge credit for stepping up in a bid to solve the case that has been happening for so long in the independent nation. Having fought well to get the desired result, she congratulated everyone on this historic victory. “I was fighting alone but then I was supported by people across the country. I think this is a historical victory in independent India. I congratulate everyone on this victory.”
Swati decided to end her indefinite hunger strike after the Cabinet finally gave a green signal to approve the law to give severe punishment including the death penalty to those convicted of raping girls below 12 years. President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday, in an authoritative order, signed the ordinance permitting the death penalty for child rapists with quick effect.
The Law provides the amendment of the Indian Penal Code, the Indian Evidence Act, 1872, the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012. The latest vital piece of information stated that since Parliament is not in session and President has come to terms that circumstances exist which makes it necessary for him to take action with immediate effect.
“People ridiculed me when I decided to go on hunger strike. But today I can say that a woman can achieve anything. I thank each and everyone for supporting our battle,” the 33-year-old told the media.
“I didn’t expect that our protest will take such a large shape. It is a historic win for all of us who have been demanding a stringent law to punish convicted rapists. I welcome the law and end my fast here,” Chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) said.