Arvind Kejriwal appeals Swati Maliwal to end hunger strike

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New Delhi: A day after the central government said that it is considering to ensure death penalty for convicted of sexually assaulting children, CM Arvind Kejriwal urged the Delhi Commission of Women (DWC) chief Swati Maliwal to end her hunger strike. Maliwal has been on hunger strike demanding death penalty for rape of minors and setting up fast-track courts to complete the trial in such cases in six months, besides recruitment of 66,000 police personnel in Delhi police.
In a tweet, Kejriwal said, “Congratulations @SwatiJaiHind U shud now end the fast. We all shud now work towards effective implementation of these laws and keep working towards rest of the demands (sic).”

The chief minister gave her credit for the Centre’s move. The apex court was informed that the law ministry is considering to amend the penal law to introduce death penalty in case of sexual abuse of children up to 12 years of age.

The DCW chief has been on hunger strike demanding death penalty for rape of minors and setting up fast-track courts to complete the trial in such cases in six months, besides recruitment of 66,000 police personnel in Delhi police.

Addressing a gathering in New Delhi, he said that DCW chief should reconsider her decision not to break her fast.

Referring to the central government’s move to consider awarding death to sexual assaulters of kids, the chief minister said, “It is a big step. I request you (Maliwal) to break your fast…your well-wishers are concerned about your health. You should reconsider your decision.”

Later, Maliwal expressed satisfaction on submission of the Union government in the Supreme Court that Centre is considering to amend the law to accord death penalty for those convicted of raping children below the age of 12 years.

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