DCW chief Swati Maliwal breaks down inside Delhi High Court during hearing on Nirbhaya

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Delhi Commission for Women’s chief, Swati Maliwal, on Thursday broke down inside the High Court during the hearing on Nirbhaya gangrape case.

Swati Maliwal

Maliwal, who has unleashed a relentless crusade on the alarming rise in crimes against women in the national capital, began to bitterly cry as Justices Ravindra Bhatt and Sanjiv Sachdeva heard the matter.

A fortnight ago, the High Court had asked the Union Finance Ministry and Union Home Ministry to formulate a plan to enhance police resources in order to contain the rise in crimes against women.

However, on Thursday, both the ministries once again failed to submit a concrete plan citing several bureaucratic constraints. Correspondents present inside the court room said that this appeared to have prompted Maliwal to break down in public. Maliwal, according to one reporter, was visibly exasperated over the authorities’ lack of seriousness in dealing with the incidents of rapes against women including children as young as one-and-half-year old babies.

The Delhi High Court then asked the city’s Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik to remain present in court on 11 December, with a plan to bring down crimes against women. The court had issued a notice to the Delhi Police, seeking its stand on the application.

The High Court had taken a taken the cognisance on the issue of women’s safety soon after the gangrape and murder of Nirbhaya had shocked the nation post 16 December 2012.

Delhi was shocked by the news of an 18-month-old baby being raped earlier this month. Maliwal had protested in front of Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s residence while demanding that he visit the victim to understand the pain she went through.

She has also been on a relentless mission of Satyagrah for over 10 days demanding death penalty for rapists while also asking for a time-bound conviction and punishment for anyone convicted of heinous crimes against women.

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