Delhi Commission of Women chief Swati Maliwal’s decision to move Supreme Court for an urgent hearing to stop the release of Jyoti Singh’s juvenile rapist may not have resulted in the outcome she desired, but her action appears to have made her a twitter sensation overnight.
Maliwal, who is credited with raising the profile of Delhi’s women’s body moved the SC with her team of lawyers for a midnight hearing into the juvenile’s release case. Chief Justice TS Thakur transferred the matter to a vacation bench, which then said it will hear the case on Monday.
Clearly, this wasn’t the outcome Maliwal had hoped for, as the SC bench’s decision will mean that the juvenile and the most brutal rapist of Jyoti Singh will walk free on Sunday.
She, however, became the topic of intense conversation on social media platforms particularly on microblogging site twitter. Both Swati Maliwal and Delhi Commission for Women remained top twitter trends all through the night.
Maliwal was appointed to head the Delhi’s women’s body by Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal. On Sunday many of even Kejriwal’s detractors were seen praising his decision to appoint her for this role.
Here is an example twitter conversation on Maliwal:
Ajay Kumar Bargujar Bhai it seems Swati Maliwal is a champ, first recruitment by the Muffler Man which has fallen right :))
— Sushil Menon (@SusheelMenon) December 20, 2015
— Prateek Gupta (@guptaprateek8) December 19, 2015
— Javed Khan (@im_javedkhan) December 19, 2015
Media that is so used to ex-DCW chief, Barkha Singh's, working style, is founding it hard to fathom hard work of Swati Maliwal.
— M S Rana (@ms_rana) December 20, 2015
Once protester in post 16 December Swati Maliwal is fight for justice for Nirbhaya at midnight today as chairman of Delhi women commision.
— आशुतोष (@ashu3page) December 19, 2015
However, a tiny minority appeared critical of Maliwal for leaving it so late to move the SC.
Here’s what they they had to say;
Why was Swati Maliwal sleeping so long? Was she busy building tailor shop for the barbaric rapist Mohammad Afroz?#WhyAAPStandsWithRapist
— SecularScientist (@SwarupPhD) December 20, 2015
— Rohit.Delhite (@RPiscean) December 20, 2015