Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal, who had been on indefinite hunger strike for past ten days, today ended her fast at 2 pm at Rajghat.
“I was fighting alone but then I was supported by people across the country. I think this is a historical victory in independent India. I congratulate everyone on this victory,” she said.
She made the decision to end the hunger strike on Saturday hours after the Union Cabinet approved an ordinance to give stringent punishment, including the death penalty, to those convicted of raping girls below 12 years.
“I congratulate people of this country for this victory. Very few protests have achieved so much in such less time. But until something concrete happens, I will not give up. Until a system is there which ensures safety for the last girl, I won’t give up,” Maliwal had said on Twitter.
“I will continue the fast until the ordinance is passed. Also, police resources and accountability needs to be increased. Really sad that some channels are playing false news that I have broken the fast. Praying to all news channels conscience to kindly not report fake news,” she added.
Earlier, she said that she won’t end her fast until government ensures that it would do something concrete to ensure women’s safety in the country.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had urged her to end her hunger strike, but she refused to end fast until her demands are met.