Sisodia extends support to Maliwal’s demands

Hunger strike by DCW chief, who wants stringent anti-rape laws, enters Day 5

April 18, 2018 01:50 am | Updated 01:50 am IST - New Delhi

 Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia listens to Delhi Commission for Women chairperson Swati Maliwal in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia listens to Delhi Commission for Women chairperson Swati Maliwal in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Demanding stringent anti-rape laws, Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson Swati Maliwal entered Day Five of hunger strike on Tuesday. Ms. Maliwal began her indefinite protest on April 13.

Fast-track courts

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia reached the protest site on Tuesday and extended support to Ms. Maliwal’s demands.

“Demands for fast-track courts and filling of vacancies in the Delhi Police should be immediately looked into. There were instances of rape earlier too but the biggest problem currently is that the accused are being protected. Once the Centre approves the proposal for fast-track courts, I can guarantee that Delhi will get all requisite finances from us. This fight is for all of us,” said Mr. Sisodia.

‘Waiting for PM reply’

“While I am expecting a reply from the Prime Minister, he has already left for London. What the country needs right now is a system to stop rapes and not lectures over social values,” said Ms. Maliwal.

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