Will continue fast until ‘ordinance’ is passed: Maliwal on Centre’s move to amend POCSO Act

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New Delhi, Apr 21  Even as the Union Cabinet approved an ordinance to amend the POCSO Act, Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal, whose indefinite hunger strike demanding capital punishment to rapists of minors entered ninth day on Saturday, stated that she will continue her fast until a ‘ordinance’ is passed in this regard.
Reacting to the Union Cabinet approving the ‘ordinance’ to amend the POCSO Act 2012 for introducing death penalty in cases of rape of children below 12 years of age, Maliwal, who has been protesting here at Rajghat since Friday last, congratulated people of the country for this ”victory” stating that very few protests have achieved so much in such less time.
Taking to micro blogging site, the DCW in a series of tweets said, “I will continue the fast until the ‘ordinance’ is passed. Also police resources and accountability needs to be increased.”
“I congratulate people of this country for this victory. Very few protests have achieved so much in such less time. But until something concrete happens, I will not give up. Until a system is there which ensures safety for the last girl, I won’t give up,” she said.
Earlier in the day, Ms Maliwal wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterating her demands including death penalty to rapists of minors.
It may be noted that the Centre on Friday had told the Supreme Court that it was in the process of amending the POCSO Act to award death penalty in all cases involving rape of children under 12. (UNI)