Sexually abused by father: Maliwal makes shocking revelation about her childhood

| Updated: 11 March, 2023 9:13 pm IST
Swati Maliwal
DCW chief Swati Maliwal

Delhi Commission of Women Chief Swati Maliwal on Saturday made shocking revelations about being a victim of a sexual abuse at her father’s hand as a child. Speaking after the felicitation of around 100 women with awards instituted by the DCW, Swati Maliwal added that she was so scared of her father that she would hide under the bed out of fear whenever he came near her.

“I was sexually abused by my father when I was a child. He used to beat me up; I used to hide under the bed. As a child, I used to plan how I would teach a lesson to such men who abuse women and children, and how I can help women get what they deserve,” she said while talking about her experience to the media.

Maliwal said her father would grab her by the hair and slam her against the wall, leading to severe injuries. “I would keep bleeding. This happened till I was in class 4, after which we left him,” she said.

The DCW chief said that it is only when someone has gone through extraordinary pain, they can empathise with the suffering of another person and make a difference in the lives of others.

“I think the same happened with me, and our other awardees also must have a similar story. Our awardees have inspired us to live life positively despite the struggle,” she said.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal felicitated the winners of the DCW International Women’s Day Awards. Around 100 women were given the awards instituted by the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW). The award is given to those who have done exemplary work in empowering women.

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