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Shatrughan Sinha pays visit to Maliwal on Day 4 of her fast

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

(DCW) continued with her indefinite hunger strike for the fourth day today demanding stricter anti-rape laws in the country, and was joined by

While Maliwal alleged that the forcibly tried to take her away from the protest site, senior police officials claimed that they had advised her to go to a hospital as her condition was deteriorating.

Sinha, a Member of Parliament, is the to join the women panel's protest. On Friday when Maliwal started her indefinite hunger strike, senior and former Union had joined her at Rajghat.

"I have come here not as a but as an aware citizen of the country, an and as a father of a such heinous crimes time bound completion of trial is necessary and toughest punishment, death penalty should be given to the guilty," Sinha said.

Yesterday, had extended his support to Maliwal's demand for setting up more fast-track courts to complete the trial in rape cases of minors within six months and to give death penalty in such cases.

"We advised to go to a hospital since her condition was deteriorating but she refused. However, her medical examination is being conducted twice a day," a said.

The hunger strike by Maliwal comes in the wake of the recent incidents of rape in and Unnao.

An eight-year-old girl from a nomadic community was raped and killed in Jammu and Kashmir's district in January this year.

In the Unnao case, a 17-year-old girl has alleged she was raped by BJP MLA at his residence on June 4, 2017. Later, she alleged that her father was killed inside jail at the behest of the lawmaker, who has since been arrested by the CBI.

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 21:00 IST