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Posted at: Apr 17, 2018, 12:55 AM; last updated: Apr 17, 2018, 12:55 AM (IST)CRIME AGAINST WOMEN & CHILDREN

Modi govt has proved unwilling to act against offenders: DCW chief

Shatrughan Sinha extends support

Ananya Panda

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April16

At a time when brutal rapes of minors in Kathua, Unnao and in Surat have brought India’s commitment towards fighting sexual violence under the global scanner, Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson Swati Maliwal today accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Central government of “lacking the will” to act against sexual predators.

“The country is witnessing one after other rape and killing of children and our PM doesn’t bother to address such a national concern,” said Maliwal.

“It is unfortunate that instead of responding positively to our demands police is trying to break my fast.  Why aren’t you willing to take steps and give the country a system to ensure death penalty to rapists within six months?” Maliwal asked while urging the PM to engage the woman ministers to work towards ensuring perpetrators of sexual crimes are punished within six months for deterrence.

Senior BJP leader and Lok Sabha MP Shatrughan Sinha this evening extended voice to Maliwal at Samta Sthal and in course also backed Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s assurance of time-bound investigation and justice delivery in rape cases and capital punishment to rapists of minors by bringing amendments to the IPC and the CrPC in the next session of the Delhi Assembly.

“I am here not as a politician but as an aware and responsible citizen of the country, as an artist and as a father of a daughter to support the cause....Mere speeches would not work but it is time for action,” Sinha said in a veiled attack on the PM.

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