Even as the anti-corruption branch of the Delhi Police filed an FIR against Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson Swati Maliwal on Tuesday, she received a pat on the back from two Union ministers who released the DCW’s annual report.
While the ACB is examining the appointments of staff members at DCW, Maliwal has defended the recruitments saying they were made as per the procedures laid down and that they were necessary, given the increase in the commission’s work.
“I want to congratulate Swati for working very hard and bringing a good name to the state government and the ministry of women and child development (WCD),” said Union WCD Minister Maneka Gandhi. Gandhi stressed on the need to set up one-stop centres in Delhi which, she said, “Swatiji will also appreciate”. These centres would give women in need access to lawyers, doctors, nurses and social workers.
Union Minister of State (Home) Kiren Rijiju said, “I want to congratulate the DCW for its first annual report. When Swati Maliwal came to meet me in my office, I felt she really has the will to work and takes various issues seriously. She comes from activism. I also felt there is honesty and commitment in her.”
Rijiju said it is important that some people feel acknowledging the rising number of crimes against women shows the country in poor light. He said in order to put a stop to such crimes, it is “necessary that we accept facts”.
Expressing concern over the rise in crimes against women in the national capital, Rijiju said, “As a minister, I’m ashamed and saddened that there are so many crimes against women in the capital.”