Expressing concern over the rising instances of rape in the capital, Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson Swati Maliwal Monday said it was becoming an ‘epidemic’. According to the DCW, almost 208 cases of rape were reported in May alone and nearly half of them were those of children.
Maliwal’s statement came on a day the rape of a four-year-old was reported in Burari and a day after a 14-year-old rape victim forced to drink a ‘corrosive substance’ succumbed to injuries.
“Woke up to another brutal rape of 4 year old by 30 year old man in Del. She’s bled profusely n is in hospital. Going to see her right now… Met 4 year old rape victim. Marks over her body tell her brutal ordeal. In deep pain n trauma. Totally inhuman. When will Delhi b rape free?” Maliwal said in a series of tweets.
A DCW official said Maliwal also met Union Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister Maneka Gandhi to draw her attention to the rise in rape cases. “In the 10-minute meeting held at the minister’s office, the need for a high-level committee and the reconstitution of the Special Task Force was discussed. It was also discussed that the Union WCD ministry should also be made a part of the high-level committee,” the official added.