DCW chief Swati Maliwal equates prostitution with rape, terms it ‘blot’ on society


New Delhi Commission for Women chairperson Swati Maliwal on Tuesday equated prostition with rape and said the society’s attitude towards the issue was unacceptable.

Maliwal, while terming prostitution as a ‘blot’ on the society, asker for a stronger response from the government to put an end to the problem.

In Delhi’s red-light area, GB Road, around six lakh condoms are distributed every month.

“Six lakh condoms means six lakh rapes we are allowing in Delhi… And the figure could be much more as the cases of minor girls are not reported. Strangely, I found that it is being accepted by people in a way,” Maliwal said.

“I have spoken to a lot of people about it after visiting GB Road, and they said if you get the red light area closed, rapes will increase. I condemn such mindset,” added the 30-year-old.

Maliwal, who was appointed chief of DCW by the AAP government in Delhi last month, is hopeful that the state government will launch a Trafficking Committee of the DCW that will work together with the Centre, state and NGOs on the issues related to trafficking.

“I have heard that the condition of the Protection Home is so bad that sometimes rescued girls want to go back to G B Road… Also, the Superintendents don’t get changed in 25 years, which indicates a big nexus. We will work on these aspects and submit our recommendations and pursue them till they are accepted,” said Maliwal.

The DCW is also planning to inspect all placement agencies for domestic helps in Delhi to find out if they are registered.

A special Delhi assembly session to discuss women safety was also called on Monday and a similar session is being proposed for Parliament by the Delhi government,