DCW chief wants rapists hanged
New Delhi: After visiting a one-and-a-half-year-old rape survivor on Tuesday, an agitated Delhi Commission for Women chairperson Swati Jaihind sat on a dharna outside the official residence of Union home minister Rajnath Singh and took to Twitter to demand death for all found guilty of raping minors.
The home minister, the LG and the CM of Delhi, Jaihind said, should come together on an urgent basis to ensure conviction within six months in such cases.
While she was removed from the spot by Delhi Police on security grounds and for blocking traffic, the DCW chairperson continued to demand justice for the girl as she returned to Safdarjung Hospital in the evening and said she would be there all night to support the family.
Jaihind, who started a day-and-night protest 10 days ago to demand severe pu- nishments for rapists in a time-bound manner, tweeted, “Had sat in front of @rajnathsingh-ji’s house. Wrote letters, met, gone to court and did satyagraha. 1.5-yearold girl who was raped, her blood is on our hands. Appeal to all netas to meet her. Appeal to HM to call meet and create plan for giving death penalty to rapists of children within six months (sic).”
Earlier in the day, she tweeted that the girl “was raped so brutally that the walls, floors and bed of house had blood all over...”. She said she was “speechless, devasted” on Children’s Day that was supposed to be the last day of her satyagraha. “The system failed to move despite my efforts.”
The DCW chairperson told TOI that she was fed up of the home minister’s assurances. “There was a meeting on women’s safety at the LG’s office on Monday but there continues to be inaction despite my repeated demands for an action plan to ensure swift punishment of people found guilty of raping minors.” She added, “Everyone should rise above politics and come together to ensure that the guilty people get punished.”
During the fourth meeting of the taskforce on women’s safety on Monday, LG Anil Baijal had asked the stakeholders to come up with a mechanism to analyse the causes of acquittal in sexual assault cases. He asked the Delhi home department to explore the processes that would secure the maximum punishment under the rules, especially in the cases of rape of minors. He also said investigation and prosecution in such cases should be over within a stipulated period.
Swati Jaihind sat on a dharna outside the residence of Union home minister Rajnath Singh. She was forcibly removed from there