Published On: Sun, Apr 22nd, 2018

Swati Maliwal ends nine-day fast

New Delhi: DCW Chairperson Swati Maliwal on Sunday ended her nine-day fast after President Ram Nath Kovind approved an ordinance to provide death penalty to those convicted of raping girls below 12 years, calling it a “historic win”.

I welcome the law and end my fast here

“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 stringent law to punish convicted rapists,” the visibly frail Chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) said.

“I welcome the law and end my fast here,” the 33-year-old told the media.

Maliwal went on an indefinite hunger strike at Rajghat and refused to break it despite failing health and requests from many till the government acted seriously against those who sexually assault young girls.

Maliwal began her fast following the widely condemned rape and murder of an eight-year-old in Jammu and Kashmir in January and similar crimes elsewhere in the country.

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