Over 52,000 complaints have been dealt with by the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) in the three-year tenure of chairperson Swati Maliwal, read a statement by the panel on Tuesday. Ms. Maliwal “personally perused” around 2,000 cases, the statement read.
Ms. Maliwal was appointed by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in July 2015. On Monday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced he had approved another three-year term for Ms. Maliwal.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Ms. Maliwal said she had gone through over 2,000 cases in three years, as opposed to just one case by her predecessor Barkha Shukla Singh in eight years.
The figure was based on an RTI reply by the commission in 2015, a copy of which was shared by Ms. Maliwal on Tuesday. “Since 2015, the DCW has dealt with over 52,000 complaints, which is an increase of over 700% compared to the complaints taken up by the previous commission in eight years,” said Ms. Maliwal.
The DCW statement said members of the commission had held 63,505 hearings and dealt with 52,473 complaints in three years, as opposed to 14,464 hearings and 20,000 complaints in eight years of the previous commission.
The DCW said it was also able to successfully push for a Bill demanding death penalty for rapists of children, assisted in the busting of several trafficking and illegal liquor rackets, and exposing fraud ‘god-men’ running ashrams across Delhi.
“One of the most important tasks of the commission has been to try to improve the lives of women living and working in GB Road [Delhi’s red-light area]. These women are India’s most unprivileged, uneducated and impoverished women who have to sleep with as many as thirty men in one day,” said Ms. Maliwal.
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