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Sexually assaulted by father when I was a child’: Delhi women panel chief Swati Maliwal

Sexually assaulted by father when I was a child’: Delhi women panel chief Swati Maliwal

DCW chief Swati Maliwal said her father used to sexually assault her and hit her head against the wall leading to profuse bleeding when she was a kid.

Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson Swati Maliwal on Saturday said she has been a victim of sexual assault at the hands of her father when she was a child.

Maliwal narrated her life’s ordeal and how she battled sexual assault and domestic violence at an award function organised by the women’s commission.

Swati Maliwal said the event made her emotional as the struggle stories of the women awardees reminded her of her own struggle about how she was ‘sexually assaulted’ by her father.

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#WATCH | “I was sexually assaulted by my father when I was a child. He used to beat me up, I used to hide under the bed,” DCW chief Swati Maliwal expresses her ordeal alleging her father sexually assaulted her during childhood — ANI (@ANI) March 11, 2023

My father used to beat me up a lot. He sexually assaulted me. I used to hide under the bed when he came home. I was so scared. At that time, I used to think the whole night about how to empower women against such atrocities. He used to hold my hair and hit my head hard against the wall. I used to bleed,” Maliwal said.

The women’s commission chief added, “But I believe that ignited the determination in me to work for the welfare of the women.” She stayed with her father till Class 4.


The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) held its annual International Women’s Day award function on March 11 at Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre.

The commission honoured those people who have worked for the cause of women. The event was also attended by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Women officers from the armed forces, sports, social institutions, and common citizens were honored for their excellent work. This year, 90 awards were given by the commission.

Among the prominent faces who won the awards were Indian tennis star Sania Mirza, Indian U-19 cricketer Sonia Mendiyaand and international hockey player Mumtaz Khan. The Delhi CM also honored the families of martyr Nishant Malik and rifleman Manoj Bhati who lost their lives in the line of duty fighting terrorists.

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