New Delhi, December 3: Delhi police on Tuesday stopped Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal from sitting on an indefinite hunger strike at Jantar Mantar. Maliwal was set to sit on a hunger strike against the Hyderabad rape-murder case and growing incidents of crime against women. The DCW chief also tweeted to express her disappointment against the police. Hyderabad Vet Rape-Murder Case: Anguished Locals Clash With Police, Hurl Slippers, Get Lathicharged in Retaliation (Watch Videos).
In a tweet, she said, “Police is not allowing us to sit at Jantar Mantar. Police blocked the entire Jantar Mantar area in the night and stopped us from putting up our tents, mike and toilets. They are openly saying they will not allow us to sit on a hunger strike." She further said, “Why women cannot even sit on a peaceful protest in this country? Why is the Central government afraid of it? Does democracy really exist in the country?
Swati Maliwal's Tweet:
पुलिस हमें जंतरमंतर पे बैठने नही दे रही। रातभर पुलिस ने पूरा जंतर मंतर बैरिकेडिंग करके टेंट, माइक & टॉलेट नही लगने दिया। साफ़ बोल रहे हैं अनशन नही करने देंगे!
देश में एक महिला शांति से अनशन भी नही कर सकती? केंद्र सरकार को ऐसा भी क्या डर? क्या सच में लोकतंत्र है? pic.twitter.com/3d6Nq0t8oF
— Swati Maliwal (@SwatiJaiHind) December 3, 2019
Maliwal while speaking to news agency ANI termed the action of Delhi Police as unfortunate. She stated, “Police are saying they have orders from the above to not let us sit on hunger strike. I'm not a criminal, it is unfortunate that Delhi police is not cooperating.” Hyderabad Veterinary Doctor Rape-Murder: Victim Should Have Called Police on 100, Says Telangana Home Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali; Watch Video.
Swati Maliwal's Statement:
Swati Maliwal, Chairperson, Delhi Commission for Women on her planned hunger strike over crimes against women: Police are saying they have orders from the above to not let us sit on hunger strike. I'm not a criminal, it is unfortunate that Delhi police is not cooperating. pic.twitter.com/tE6cajjNOB
— ANI (@ANI) December 3, 2019
The DCW chief had promised to sit on indefinite hunger strike on Tuesday morning against the rising incidents of crimes against women. However, the police stopped Maliwal and her supporters to put up tents at Jantar Mantar area. Meanwhile, the DCW said that she would definitely protest wherever she gets the space.
A 27-year-old female veterinary doctor was gang-raped and burnt to death. Her body was found on November 28 near Shadnagar town of Hyderabad under a National Highway 44 bridge. According to reports, the woman was gang-raped and murdered on November 27 near Outer Ring Road at Shamshabad on the outskirts of Hyderabad.