DCW chief writes to PM, highlights poor safety of women

Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson Swati Maliwal on Thursday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to highlight the degrading law and order situation in the national capital and the rising crime against women. The letter by the DCW chief came on the eve of the anniversary of the brutal Nirbhaya gang-rape case .

“Minors as young as three year old are being raped in Delhi and the crimes against women are increasing day by day. Last month on 21st November, a four-year-old was first brutally raped and then murdered. Just the next day, a three-and-half year-old was raped and the perpetrator attempted to kill her but then abandoned her in a field thinking her dead,” said Maliwal in the letter.

The women’s panel chief added that while everyday, over six Nirbhayas are being created in Delhi and it has come to be known as the ‘Rape Capital’ of the World, nothing has changed in the women safety scenario.

Quoting data from the Delhi police, Maliwal, in her communication to PM Modi, said that of the 31,446 FIRs registered in crimes against women during 2012 to 2014, convictions were achieved only in 146 cases. “There is absolutely no fear of law in the mind of criminals in Delhi and a major reason for this is the fact that there are hardly any convictions. The Commission feels that strong deterrence will be created against crimes against women if swift and certain punishments are meted out to criminals,” said Maliwal.

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