DCW chief Swati Maliwal stiffens up Delhi police over women safety in capital

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In the wake of the recent Anand Parbat murder case where a 19-year-old girl was stabbed to death in a crowded capital market, new Delhi Commission for Women Chief Swati Maliwal is all set to raise the pitch on safety of women.

Maliwal has recently written two letters to Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi, seeking details on crime against women along with the strength of police officials. Maliwal has also sought a report on the number of women police officials working with Delhi Police.

In the first letter, Maliwal wants Delhi police to inform what action it took on crime cases reported in Anand Parbat area during 2013-14. A copy of all the complaints has also been sought. In the second letter, the new DCW Chief has asked Delhi police to report which police stations recorded the highest number of crime complaints against women in 2014-15; number of complaints of crime against women from 2013 till date and the strength of the police force in Delhi.

“DCW will carry out a detailed study of the information with an aim to create a committee that will rope in experts on women safety, acid attack victims and others to provide recommendations to the state, Central government and other agencies working on women safety. A special cell for women from the North-East will also be set up that would primarily deal with their issues and concerns. For this, it is mandatory to bring such data in the public domain. However, it is only a part of the larger drive on women safety,” Maliwal said.

While a special session on women safety has been called in the Delhi Assembly on Monday, the DCW Chief is also pitching for a similar session in the Lok Sabha.

Maliwal, who’s been associated with the Delhi CM since his time as India Against Corruption activist, had also served as an advisor to Chief Minister Kejriwal on public grievances and handles his Janta Samwad or interaction with the people. Maliwal, 30, had replaced the former Congress MLA, Barkha Singh, to become the new DCW chief.

Earlier this month, Kejriwal called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to either spare some time for law and order in the capital or turn over the control of Delhi Police to him.

Controversially before, Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung had cancelled the appointment of Swati Maliwal as the state’s women’s body chief, terming it “null and void.”

Delhi government and Jung are in standoff over the administrative powers while running the government in the capital. AAP has accused Jung to continuously cause hurdle in their ability to effectively run the government at the behest of the centre’s BJP government after the party faced a complete rout in Delhi elections.

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