Swati Maliwal case: The recent arrest of Delhi government officer Premoday Khakha has taken everyone by surprise. Khakha held the position of Deputy Director in the Women and Child Development (WCD) Department of the Delhi government. Following his arrest, he was suspended from his role and handed over to the Delhi Police.
What’s drawing attention, however, is how the Delhi government, particularly Swati Maliwal, the head of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW), is addressing the situation.
In the wake of the arrest of Premoday Khakha, a Deputy Director within the Women and Child Development (WCD) Department of the Delhi government, the political landscape has become charged with accusations and counteraccusations. The arrest has sparked a blistering exchange between political parties, particularly the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), revealing a deepening divide over the handling of the case.
Bansuri Swaraj, the Delhi secretary of the BJP, has launched a vehement attack on the AAP, alleging that the party has exhibited favoritism towards the accused officer, Premoday Khakha. Swaraj’s claims suggest that Khakha was granted a position as an Officer on Special Duty (OSD) under the former Delhi Minister for Women and Child Development, an affiliation that has fueled speculation about the nature of their relationship.
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Furthermore, Swaraj has trained her criticism on Swati Maliwal, the head of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW), accusing her of obstructing the investigation process. In a direct rebuke, Swaraj stated, “Swati Maliwal ji is responsible for ensuring justice for the minor, why is she sitting on a protest and obstructing the investigation. This is not a political matter. This is a matter that is shameful for the whole society. Bharatiya Janata Party is with the minor and her family in this difficult time.” This acrimonious exchange underscores the seriousness of the allegations and the sensitivity surrounding the case.
Moreover, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has expressed dissatisfaction with the Delhi government’s handling of the case, based on their independent investigations. According to NCPCR head Priyanka Kanoongo, certain crucial aspects have been overlooked by the authorities. Kanoongo emphasized that, following a Supreme Court directive, information about minors whose parents have passed away is required to be uploaded onto the Baalswaraj Portal. However, it appears that this procedural step was not adhered to in the current case. Kanoongo noted that the NCPCR was unable to access details about the minor girl in question and criticized Delhi’s failure to comply with the Supreme Court order, highlighting a violation of protocol.
Kanoongo’s critique extends to Swati Maliwal’s public demonstration, demanding a meeting with the victim’s family. Kanoongo asserted that this was a regrettably opportunistic act aimed at garnering attention, rather than a genuine effort to support the family. These allegations resonate with a broader sentiment that Maliwal, as the head of the DCW, has often been embroiled in controversies that overshadow her contributions to women’s empowerment. These accusations come against the backdrop of increased political tensions, as parties vie to position themselves in the best light. The arrest of Khakha has become a focal point for these tensions, revealing the complex interplay of power and accountability in the world of politics and justice.
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