Delhi, July 23: Swati Maliwal, chairperson of Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) posted a bone-chilling video of an elderly assaulting a minor on Twitter, drawing criticism from netizens. Along with the clip, she tagged Delhi Police and appealed to arrest the culprit at the earliest. However, the clip was old from which the DCW chairperson was trolled on social media. 'Rape Executions in 7 Days?' DCW Chief Swati Maliwal Writes to PM Modi, Questions His Claim.
"Chilled to the bone on watching this. @DelhiPolice pl imm file FIR & arrest this pervert. He is of the age of her grandfather! The child is so small. Shudder to think what would happen if ppl didn't intervene. Also appeal to all to help Police identify him. He should be arrested!" she wrote. The tweet was later deleted. Sex Racket Busted in Delhi Mall Spa, Sting Operation Claims 'Girls' Offered at Massage Parlour.
Some netizens demanded strict action against the rapist, while others berated Maliwal for sharing the video which allegedly contained explicit content without blurring the victim's face. Senior journalist Dhanya Rajendran, a founding member of The News Minute, pointed out that the incident didn't take place in Delhi and occurred in Hyderabad.
"This is a video from Hyderabad from March. This man was caught. And I am shocked that the Chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women is publishing a rape video on social media," Rajendran said appealing her to "stop sharing child sexual abuse videos online, even if you're trying to report a crime."
Later minutes after taking down the video, Maliwal apologised for the post. "This v disturbing video was viral on social media. Made my blood boil. Want the man 2 get strongest punishment. Shared video so that he is identified! However, hv deleted it & sought report from Police. Apologize if I have hurt sentiments. Intention is only to get justice 4 girl," she said.
This v disturbing video was viral on social media. Made my blood boil. Want the man 2 get strongest punishment. Shared video so that he is identified! However, hv deleted it & sought report from Police. Apologize if I have hurt sentiments. Intention is only to get justice 4 girl.
— Swati Maliwal (@SwatiJaiHind) July 23, 2019
Meanwhile, the incident dates back to March and the accused has been arrested. According to the Deccan Chronicle report dated March 8, 2019, a 70-year-old man tried to rape a toddler at an under-construction area in Moghalpura area of Telangana's Hyderabad.