DCW writes to Prime Minister over women’s safety

New Delhi [India]: The Delhi Commission for Women on Saturday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting him to implement strict laws and sentence death to those who commit rape on girls younger than six months old.

“A system should be created where an accused who has raped a girl child below six months, should be given a death sentence,” said the letter, written by DCW Chairperson Swati Maliwal.

The letter was written in wake of the rape of an eight-month-old girl in Delhi.

“I want to divert your (PM Modi) mind towards the incident where an eight-month-old girl was raped. This little girl is suffering and fighting for her life at AIIMS,” she said mentioning the incident in the letter.

The DCW chairperson also said that in the past two years she has written numerous letters to Prime Minister Modi, all of which have gone unanswered.

“In the past two years I have written you numerous letters, and it makes me sad that you have not even replied to one of my letters. Rape cases are increasing because a criminal does have fear while committing the crime,” she added.

She also said that criminals think they can get away with crime like rape as the system in the country is “incapable” of doing anything.

Swati also mentioned Central government’s report asserting that the ‘Union of India’ did not favor death penalty in connection with the rape of an eight-month-old girl by her cousin.

“It is very disappointing to know that the Central Government’s lawyer wrote to the Supreme Court saying that it is not important that the accused in rape of the eight-month-old girl be sentenced to death. This is not right,” said DCW Chairperson.

She also asked if the accused in the rape of an eight-month-old child will not be given hard punishment then “how will rape stop in this country?”

“I am sitting in protest for thirty days. I won’t go home till 30 days. I would request the government to look into it and come up with strict laws to curb rape cases in the country,” she added.

Earlier in the week, an eight-month-old girl was admitted to a hospital with serious injuries after she was allegedly raped by her 27-year-old cousin brother in northwest Delhi’s Shakurbasti.

On February 2, a man was arrested for allegedly raping a 19-year-old-girl inside a movie theatre in Telangana’s Hyderabad city. (ANI)