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Are Our Women Safe? When Chief of DCW Swati Maliwal gets Harassed

Chief of DCW Swati Maliwal harassed by a drunk driver; gets dragged by car

DCW Chief Swati Maliwal was recently harassed by a drunk driver in the streets of Delhi. This incident is a huge question mark on the safety of women in the Capital. When the Chairperson of a commission that is supposed to take care of women, herself is not safe, how can we expect other women to be safe? This incident along with the various incidents in the past should be a wake-up call for the authorities to do the right thing and take some deterrent actions. 

She tweets- “कल देर रात मैं दिल्ली में महिला सुरक्षा के हालात Inspect कर रही थी। एक गाड़ी वाले ने नशे की हालत में मुझसे छेड़छाड़ की और जब मैंने उसे पकड़ा तो गाड़ी के शीशे में मेरा हाथ बंद कर मुझे घसीटा। भगवान ने जान बचाई। यदि दिल्ली में महिला आयोग की अध्यक्ष सुरक्षित नहीं, तो हाल सोच लीजिए”

“Late last night I was inspecting the situation of women’s security in Delhi. A driver of a car molested me in a drunken state and when I caught hold of him, he locked my hand in the mirror of the car and dragged me. God saved life. If the Chairperson of the Women’s Commission is not safe in Delhi, then imagine the situation.”

The incident occurred in front of the AIIMS when she was inspecting the state of women’s security in Delhi. She said that the driver had asked her to get in, and when she refused, he drove away. He came back the second time and asked her to sit inside, which is when she moved to the driver’s side window to reprimand the man, he rolled up the car’s glass window and her hand got stuck in the window, and she was dragged for 10-15 meters. The police patrol spotted her and helped to apprehend the 47-year-old driver and the car.

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A case has been registered under the IPC section of 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 341 (wrongful restrain), 354 (assault or criminal force to women with intent to outrage her modestly), and 509 (words, gesture, or act intended to outrage her modesty). Swati Maliwal also stated that she was lucky otherwise she would have met the same fate as Anjali’s. The Anjali case (Car Dragged Woman To Death, Witness Accused Police Negligence ( refers to the recent case where a girl was dragged by a car for 7 kilometers on the roads of Delhi.

National Commission for Women has taken cognizance of the case and will ensure that strict action is taken against the accused person.

Many Call Incident Staged

Many people on social media are calling the incident staged or fake. A political angle has also been added to this incident where BJP is claiming that the Aam Aadmi Party staged the incident. The video is yet to be verified by the sources.

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Harshita Bajaj

Harshita has a background in Psychology and Criminology and is currently pursuing her PhD in Criminology. She can be found reading crime thrillers (or any other book for that matter) or binge-watching shows on Netflix when she is not in hibernation.
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