New Delhi, April 14: Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal said she would sit on an indefinite hunger strike at the Rajghat starting today to protest against the inhuman Kathua and Unnao rape cases. Expressing shock and anger over the increasing number of inhumane cases against women, DCW chief Maliwal said that PM Modi’s silence over the matter is painful.

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Maliwal pointed out to the recent rape cases- the brutal murder and gang-rape of 8-year-old minor hailing from Jammu and Kshmir’s Kathua district as well as the rape of a woman by a BJP MLA in Unnao. She highlighted the brutality in both the cases of sexual violence against women. She questioned PM’s silence on the burning issues as of now by saying, “It is painful to see your silence in the matter. Is the “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao” slogan that meaningless to you?” She also said that that the DCW had been been petitioning the Prime Minister for the last two-and-a-half years to devise a system that ensured rapists, especially those who rape minor, be awarded death sentence in six months time.

Earlier, the DCW chief had urged the government to award capital punishment to every rapist within six months of committing the crime, stating the rise in the number of rape cases in the country. While speaking to ANI on the same, Maliwal had said that the Indian government needed to take stricter steps that sends a strong message to the rapists.

The horrific gang-rape and murder of eight-year-old girl in J&K’s Kathua district has unleashed outrage among people all over the country. It flared even more when lawyers in Jammu tried to prevent the police from filing a charge sheet. In the Unnao rape case, an 18-year-old woman was allegedly raped by BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his accomplices last year and since then no action had been taken against the accused.