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Won't end fast until strict law for rapists implemented: DCW chief Maliwal

33-year-old Maliwal began her hunger strike last week at Rajghat

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Swati Maliwal
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal with Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal on the eight-day of her hunger strike against recent Unnao and Kathua rape cases, in New Delhi on Friday. | Photo: PTI

As the central government proposed the death penalty for rapists of children younger than 12, Delhi Commission for Women Chairperson Swati Maliwal, who went without food for the eighth day on Friday, said she won't end her fast until the law comes into force.

As a mark of protest against the rape incidents in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua and Uttar Pradesh's Unnao, 33-year-old Maliwal began her hunger strike last week at Rajghat demanding immediate implementation of a stringent law for convicted rapists.

"Every day affidavits are submitted in courts by the government. Unless the law comes into enforcement, I won't stop. The law has to be death penalty within six months to those convicted for raping minors," she said.

Earlier in the day, the Central government told the that it is proposing the maximum punishment of death penalty for the rapists of children younger than 12.

After this, tweeted: "Congratulations 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."

To this, Maliwal said she respects Kejriwal's request but will not end her hunger strike.

First Published: Fri, April 20 2018. 20:04 IST