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The Delhi Police on Tuesday registered an FIR against Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal and others for allegedly revealing the identity of a 14-year-old rape victim from Burari. The girl, who had accused a neighbour of raping her and force-feeding her a corrosive substance, died on Sunday.
Pointing out lapses and inaction by the police while pursuing the rape case, the Commission on Saturday sent a notice to the Station House Officer of the Burari police station, a copy of which was shared on Ms. Maliwal’s official WhatsApp group and was subsequently aired on a television news bulletin featuring a popular TV anchor.
Confirming the registration of an FIR into the matter, Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Madhur Verma said since the name of the victim appeared on both the platforms, a cognisable case under Section 228 (a) (disclosure of the identity of the victim of certain offences) of the Indian Penal Code was made out necessitating the registration of a case.
Anchor also named
Mr. Verma said the TV channel as well as the anchor had also been named in the FIR.
Soon after sharing the notice, Ms. Maliwal had sent another message clarifying that the name had been sent by mistake and urged that it should not be published.
Speaking to the media, Ms. Maliwal dismissed the charge, saying she had not disclosed the victim’s name. “I am not scared of the FIR. Earlier, the police were not even taking action against the accused and it was due to their lax attitude that she was kidnapped and raped,” she said.
“When we [the DCW] exposed the police’s inaction, they are instead taking action against me.”
After the death of the girl, Ms. Maliwal had tweeted “How many Nirbhayas does Delhi want? We all simply wait for next Nirbhaya to die.”
Among other AAP officials
The Arvind Kejriwal government-appointed Ms. Maliwal was booked on the same day when separate FIRs naming the AAP’s Janakpuri MLA Rajesh Rishi and youth wing chief Aman Dabas were registered at Janakpuri and Bawana police stations respectively.