MeToo: People should be prosecuted for their crimes, says DCW chief Swati Maliwal

Swati Maliwal said mere resignation of MJ Akbar or stalling of a movie of Sajid Khan was not enough but people should be prosecuted for their crimes.

Published: 23rd October 2018 06:08 PM  |   Last Updated: 23rd October 2018 06:08 PM   |  A+A-

Swati Maliwal

Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal (File | PTI)


NEW DELHI: Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal on Tuesday said mere resignation of MJ Akbar or stalling of a movie of Sajid Khan was not enough but people should be prosecuted for their crimes.

Ms Maliwal made this statement during an interaction on social networking site Twitter under #AskSwatiMaliwal on #Metoo or any other questions related to women safety and empowerment.

On being asked by a Twitter user that so many criminal cases have been shared by women across social media platfroms, doesn't she thinks its time Police to take action, Ms Maliwal said, ''I agree. I also urge #MeToo activists to report their cases to Police. Mere resignation of MJ Akbar or stalling of a movie of Sajid Khan is not enough. People should be prosecuted for their crimes."

'M J Akbar had to recently step down from the post of MoS External Affairs following charges of sexual harassment against him by women journalists in the wake of #MeToo campaign.

While Sajid Khan stepped down from the directorial post of the upcoming film 'Housefull 4', amid allegations of sexual abuse.

Replying to another query on what steps should be taken in the wake of #MeToo by the government, Ms Maliwal said,''Police should immediately contact all the women, get their statements recorded, register FIR and investigate the cases.

Accused should be prosecuted.

''On her stand on Sabrimala row, the DCW chief said,''Women are pure.

Menstruating women are also pure, infact purer as they give birth to life. I stand by the SC verdict. I also feel that women should be allowed entry into Mosques and all other religious institutions where they have been denied entry.

''Commenting on Nirbhaya's parents still waiting for justice, Ms Maliwal said,''Our system is rotten.

When Pakistan can hang rapists after following due process, why can't India? Police resources, accountability needs to be increased. Enough fast track courts should be created. Certainty and swiftness of punishment must for creating deterrence.

''Centre should be ashamed of failing to utilise 1000s of crores of Nirbhaya Fund. Why can't it be used for installing CCTVs in Police Stations, digitising police functioning, setting up special courts and forensic labs, rehab of survivors? Despite repeated requests, no action taken,'' she further said.

On steps to stop eve teasing in the national capital, Ms Maliwal said,''There should be additional 66,000 police force to Delhi, setting up of Police accountability - digitise functioning, enough fast-track courts, CCTVs installation in public places including and last mile connectivity.

''On why she is silent on Kerala nun rape case, Ms Maliwal said,''Not at all silent. Have strongly advocated arrest of Bishop. Even today's witnesses' death is suspicious and should be investigated. Religion of survivor and accused doesn't affect me. But I feel sorry for people who discriminate against rape survivors on basis of their religion''.

Claiming that her Twitter handle has been flooded with questions, she said,''By and large I have addressed all issues. In case any specific complaint is there or an answer is still required, you can mail at livingpositive@gmail. com.Will definitely respond."


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