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Watch: Swati Maliwal gets candid with Catch News


Wednesday saw a feisty visitor at Catch News. Swati Maliwal, Chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW), came in for an interaction with the Catch Team.

She answered questions that ranged from women's safety in the Capital to the systems that need to be put in place, to prostitution and her work at GB Road to what threats homeless people face, to the allegations of corruption and her appointment itself.

She also spoke about what Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung's resignation means for the next phase of the DCW and the coping mechanisms that her institution has developed to deal with the LG's office.

The interaction was telecasted in real time on Facebook live and Maliwal also took a few questions from the viewers who tuned in real time.

The DCW has handled 12,000 cases of women's abuse, assault and sexual violence in its first year of existence. It's 181 helpline saw over 3 lakh calls and its other programmes, such as acid watch and rehabilitation of trafficked victims, have been hugely successful.

In the last three months since the controversy over the temporary appointments made by the DCW, Maliwal has faced the wrath of the Anti Corruption Bureau and has had two FIRs lodged against her.

The LG appointed member secretary had stalled the salaries of over 90 staff employed by the DCW for three months. Maliwal moved the high court and the court issued two notices to the LG demanding the release of salaries with immediate effect.