NEW DELHI: Delhi Commission For Women (DCW) chairperson Swati Maliwal, who was on a hunger strike to demand capital punishment for rapists within six months of their conviction, was taken to a hospital after she lost consciousness on Sunday morning.
Maliwal has been on a hunger strike for over 13 days and was sitting at the Samta Sthal near Raj Ghat in New Delhi. On Saturday night, when her condition deteriorated, doctors advised her to go to the hospital, but she refused to budge.
On Sunday morning, she was taken to LNJP Hospital after she fainted.
Swati Maliwal, who has been on a hunger strike for over 13 days to demand capital punishment for rapists, said she will not end her fast till the Disha Bill is implemented in the entire country. The DCW chief had also expressed sadness over the "indifferent attitude" of the central government till date over the issue of women's safety.
Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly had passed two Disha Bills which enable the death penalty for rape besides taking stringent action for crimes on women by setting up of special courts to deal with such offences on Friday.
The Andhra Pradesh Disha Bill- Criminal Law (Andhra Pradesh Amendment) Bill 2019 amending the Penal Code, says that all cases regarding offences against women shall be investigated and tried expeditiously with provisions of the death penalty.
The Andhra Pradesh Disha Bill-Andhra Pradesh Special Court for Specified Offences against Women and Children Bill, 2019 will enable the State government to set up exclusive special courts for speedy trial of specified offences against women and children.
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy in his concluding remarks here on Friday said, as the Disha Bill is in the concurrent list of State and Centre, it will go for Presidential Accord which will attract the national attention through debates and discussions, and the two Bills will stand as an answer to the system which needs to expedite cases where there is conclusive evidence.
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