Frightened by the nationwide protests and anger over the Kathua gang-rape and murder of an 8-year-old child, the Centre’s Narendra Modi government on Friday finally agreed to bring an ordinance to bring in death penalty for child rape.
This came after British MP Khalid Mahmood told Janta Ka Reporter that the inaction by the Modi government and BJP’s support to the rapists and murdered had lowered his image abroad. This was then followed by massive protests against Modi in London. Even International Monetary Fund Chief Christine Lagarde called the gang rape and murder of the eight-year-old girl in Kathua “revolting” hoping that”Indian authorities, starting with Prime Minister Modi pay more attention” to the condition of women.
Delhi Commission for Women Chairperson Swati Maliwal has been on an indefinite fast with her long pending demand for capital punishment in cases where the rape victims were minor. After the central government’s decision to bring an ordinance to meet her demand, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal congratulated Maliwal for her fight while asking her to end her fast.
Maliwal, for her part, said that while she respected Kejriwal’s request to end her hunger strike but she won’t end her fast yet.
Kejriwal’s tweet had said, “Congratulations Swati Maliwal. You should now end the fast. We all should now work towards effective implementation of these laws and keep working towards rest of the demands.”
U shud now end the fast. We all shud now work towards effective implementation of these laws and keep working towards rest of the demands. https://t.co/Ph9X3PQomg
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) April 20, 2018
Kejriwal was reacting to the news that the Centre, in its letter submitted to the Supreme Court, had said that it started the process to amend POCSO Act to ensure maximum punishment of death penalty in child rape cases between the age group of 0-12.
Maliwal, 33, began her fast last week at Rajghat as a mark of protest against the recent rape incidents in Kathua and Unnao and to demand the immediate enactment of a stringent law for convicted rapists. It entered its eight day on Friday.
“Everyday affidavits are submitted in courts by government. Unless the law comes into force, I won’t stop. The law has to be death penalty within six months to those convicted for raping minors,” Maliwal was quoted by IANS.
In a letter to Modi last week, Maliwal said, “I will not break my ‘anshan’ (fast) until the Prime Minister promises the country a better system for the safety of our daughters.”