Delhi Commission for Women Chairperson Swati Maliwal tweeted a video yesterday, where she is seen accompanied by a police officer and lashing out at a man angrily.
According to the case tweeted by Maliwal, the man in question was the husband of a woman from Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh, who was battling for her life at Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital.
Maliwal accused the husband of leaving the woman with 90% burns and also threatening her not to give statement against him or his family.
बागपथ में पत्नी को पेट्रोल से 90% जलाने के बाद उसका पति दबंगई से सफदरजंग अस्पताल में अपनी पत्नी को बयान न देने के लिए धमकाता था। FIR दर्ज होने के बाद भी यूपी पुलिस ने अपराधी को गिरफ़्तार नहीं किया। हमने आज अपराधी को पकड़वाकर दिल्ली पुलिस को सौंपा। pic.twitter.com/QlTRkUQIh0
— Swati Maliwal (@SwatiJaiHind) May 22, 2022
According to Swati Maliwal, the victim who had allegedly suffered 90% burns, informed her that four days ago her husband burnt her by pouring petrol, because he wanted to re-marry another woman.
The Uttar Pradesh Police also registered an FIR in this case, however, the accused man had not been arrested. During Maliwal’s visit to the hospital, she was also informed that the husband in question was present in the premises and allegedly pressurizing his wife not to give a statement against him to the police.
This made Maliwal ‘very angry’ and in a fit of rage, she is seen slapping the husband of the victim woman herself.
The video tweeted by Maliwal showed that the man was handed over to Delhi Police and was asked to be subsequently handed over to Uttar Pradesh Police.
Now, Voice For Men India (earlier known as Men’s Day Out), is not questioning the merits of the case. If the man is guilty, he must be arrested and convicted by law.
The matter of concern was that Delhi Women Commission Chief (DCW) Chief slapped the accused man herself, which led to cheer in social media. Should mob justice be hailed?
Tomorrow if a woman is accused of murdering her husband, can anyone slap her in anger? Should such instances be encouraged or law of the land must prevail?
On the other end, there were many social media users who questioned this behaviour of Maliwal, challenging her authority as DCW Chief.
Here are some of the reactions:
यहाँ गुंडई, दबंगई सिर्फ स्वाति मालीवाल की दिख रही है। यह कौन से पति होते हैं जो पत्नियों को मारने के लिये जलाते भी हैं और फिर अच्छे से अच्छे अस्पतालों में भर्ती करने तुरंत दौड़ते भी हैं? न मौके से भागते हैं न अस्पतालों से। इतने बड़े षड्यंत्रकारी पर जलाने का जोखिम लेते हैं। https://t.co/IZIffcYoa0
— Vikas Saraswat (@VikasSaraswat) May 22, 2022
— Punit Agarwal 🇮🇳 (@Punitspeaks) May 23, 2022
— Amitava Roychowdhury (@amitava_math) May 23, 2022
यह अधिकार किसने दिया इनको, जज आहें यह ? जज भी कोर्ट के अंदर निर्णय देता है, यह दीदी कहीं भी पहुंच जाती हैं चौधरी बन कर ! https://t.co/sShdsTdRTw
— @Author_ Jyoti (@jyotitiwari05) May 23, 2022
Slapping a man just because he is poor and you think he is guilty. This happens when unworthy gets the power https://t.co/VwXUClAC3u
— Shashank (@metrosufferer) May 23, 2022
Shut down courts and let this lady goon @SwatiJaiHind take on spot decisions. Men are third class citizens as always and any airi gairi nathhu khairi will take law in hand.@realsiff @IndiaGender @Dhruv_018 @jaidutt1 @KirenRijiju @NCWIndia @sharmarekha @DelhiPolice https://t.co/KejW1LeS5z
— Himanshu Gupta (@HE_MAN_88) May 23, 2022
Who gives you/her right to slap? Doesn't it count as assault? Just reverse the role and you will cry patriarchy and misogyny. Are you/she law or above the law? @SwatiJaiHind Don't we have law and order in the country? https://t.co/UqJpyNsFYM
— Robin (@robininfinities) May 23, 2022
Who are you to slap him?? https://t.co/QsUu1nt9sr
— वन्देमातरम ®🇮🇳 (@onlymodi4india) May 23, 2022
— Pankaj Jain (@Jainpankajkasan) May 23, 2022
Is it not violation of the law? Is it not gundagardi? Power and responsibilitie gives accountability as well… https://t.co/HHJ8ayAQ3F
— SG (@Sguptaca) May 22, 2022
— Aashish (@kashmiriRefuge) May 23, 2022
Who gave you the authority to slap a Man? If he is guilty our Police and Judiciary will take care of him and he will be punished accordingly. Secondly how can a woman with 90% burns give a statement. Isn't this unbelievable? https://t.co/Hp0BNdrkAX
— Bipul Dash जय श्री महाकाल 🙏💯% FB (@vips_lion) May 22, 2022
This is a human right violation and she must be sacked immediately. Without fair trial and proper investigation she cannot slap anyone. @ArvindKejriwal @msisodia @rubenmasc . @UNHumanRights @ShombiSharp @KirenRijiju @Apexadvocates #SupremeCourt @sardesairajdeep @Nidhi @BBCIndia https://t.co/lZN8ILVc6j
— Dr Edmond Fernandes (@Edmondfernandes) May 22, 2022
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