DCW chief wants rapists hanged

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY -

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

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