An FIR was on Tuesday registered against Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal for allegedly mentioning in a notice to police the name of a 14-year-old Dalit girl, who died three days back after being raped repeatedly and forced to drink acid.
Maliwal, who was severely critical of police for not taking action against the rape accused, has been booked for naming the girl in DCW's notice in the case to the Station House Officer of Burari Police station. The FIR has been registered on a complaint by the SHO.
The girl, who was allegedly kidnapped, raped and forced to drink corrosive material, died on Sunday after battling for life for over a month. She was first sexually assaulted in December. The accused Shivshankar, who was on bail in the first case, again allegedly kidnapped, tortured and raped the teenager in May.
The victim's parents are hospital sweepers. Maliwal dismissed the charge, saying she had not released the victim's name and that she was not scared of the FIR.
DCW issues Notice to PS Burari for role in 14 year old girls case. 2 days later Delhi Police registers baseless FIR against me. Vendetta?— Swati Maliwal (@SwatiJaiHind) July 26, 2016
My fault: Raised questions on failure of Delhi Police in protecting 14 year old girl. Will raise more issues. Not scared of FIR. Jai Hind— Swati Maliwal (@SwatiJaiHind) July 26, 2016
Firstly, not released name of victim. Instead ensured proper medical care in Pvt Hospital. Police arrested accused only after DCW Notice.— Swati Maliwal (@SwatiJaiHind) July 26, 2016
Also, why shud rape victim hide her identity? Shouldn't rapists be hiding? Is it the shame of a victim that she was subjected to cruelty?— Swati Maliwal (@SwatiJaiHind) July 26, 2016
The DCW had issued a notice to police on July 22 asking how she was kidnapped and raped just before a court was scheduled to hear the case.
"A case was registered against Maliwal for revealing the name of the Burari rape victim under Section 228(a) (disclosure of identity of the victim of certain offences) of IPC at the Burari police station on a complaint by the concerned SHO," said a senior police officer. The FIR against Maliwal came amidst outrage over the brutal assault and death of the teenager.
(Feature image source: PTI)