Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal announced her divorce from husband Naveen Jaihind last week. The youngest person to occupy the role of DCW chief, Maliwal took to micro-blogging website Twitter to announce her separation in a post where she also addressed the various problems faced by couples.
Swati Maliwal wrote,
Most painful moment is when your fairytale ends. Mine ended. Navin and I have gotten divorced.
Speaking about her divorce, Maliwal said,
Sometimes the best of people can’t stay together. Will always miss him and our life that could have been.
Swati Maliwal was married to AAP leader Naveen Jaihind.
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Jaihind is the AAP’s convenor for Haryana and was the face of the party in the 2019 Vidhan Sabha elections in the state. He has been associated with AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal since the latter’s India Against Corruption days. Jaihind was a part of the core committee of the Anna Hazare-led movement and played a key role in drafting the Jan Lokpal bill. On December 15, 2019 Naveen had tweeted,
Swati is a lioness, she is not dead but manly. You can awaken sleeping people but she is set to awaken the dead. One has to stay alive to fight a war. She has been on a hunger strike for 13 days to get rapists hanged, if she dies no one will even remember these 13 days.
स्वाति शेरनी है मुर्दा नही मर्दानी है। सोये हुए लोगो को जगाया जाता है पर मुर्दो को जगाने चली है मुर्दे कभी जागते नही है। इस जंगल मे जंग जिंदा रहके लड़ी जाती है मरके तो जंग नही लड़ी जा सकती।रेपिस्टों को फांसी के लिए 13 दिन से अनशन पर है। मर भी जाएगी तो 13 दिन भी याद नही रखेंगे लोग https://t.co/R3Z3yg371h
— जयहिन्द (@NaveenJaihind) December 15, 2019
Swati Maliwal was appointed as the chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women in 2015 under the AAP government. At the time, her appointment was criticised due to her young age and the fact that her husband was in the party.
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The couple hit the headlines in 2018 when Maliwal condemned her husband’s controversial remark on women. Naveen Jaihind had said that he will give Rs 20 lakh to any Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader who gets sexually assaulted by ten people.
DCW was caught instigating women to file false cases in court. In March 2018, Additional Sessions Judge Arun Grover Baliga of Delhi court had given advice to the women’s rights body when an alleged rape victim in her deposition before the court said that “she had mentioned the allegations of rape in her complaint [to the police] only on the advice of the NGO counsellor at Sarojini Nagar police station”. The judge then said,
Before parting with this case, this court finds it necessary to direct that a copy of this judgment be sent to the DCW to bring to its notice the conduct of the counsellor at the police station.
This court has no doubt in its mind that the statement made by the prosecutrix today on oath that she had made allegations of rape in her complaint only on the advice of the counsellor present at the police station, is true and correct.
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Men’s Rights Activists took to twitter responding to Swati’s announcement. Here are some of the responses:
Kumar S Ratan who contested Delhi Assembly polls as an independent recently wrote,
You setup an example to give an end the relationship peacefully and w/o a public fight.. The couple should move ahead their way in a friendly manner, so that they can happily move to next session of life.. My respect to you for such a healthy break up, which is rarest in India.
Ram MyNation poured his pain from the men’s point of view by writing,
If divorce per se is so painful, pls. imagine the pain undergone by men who have to face falsehood, deceit, extortion, coercion & blackmail unleashed by women and their clever-by-half lawyers. The least you can do as a leading votary of women’s issues is to fight for for prevention of misuse of laws for ulterior motives and ensure the laws get applied for women who genuinely need them.
All others must be mercilessly dealt with exemplary punishment. There should be a mechanism for filtration of cases/complaints at admission stage itself.
Swarup Sarkar took a dig at DCW chief and expressed,
It was predicted and not a surprises at ALL ! God Luck! Now you are a perfect Liberated Women & perfect privilege to be Head of Women Co-mission! Now understand , why the statement of @RSSOrg pinch you too much , though his statement was Gender neutral !
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Another Men’s Rights Activist Amey said,
Praying the god that the men who are facing #fakecases in Matrimonial disputes get the same strength like you both, Even they are best of people who cant stay together.
A vocal Twitter user Chetan asked Maliwal,
What about this condition of a Man and his family , any work you would be doing on this for society ?
BN Sharma IG (Retd) said,
Divorce, break ups are always painful things to happen in anyone’s life for what ever reasons. Early breakups are not that painful. Children suffer the most with decision of parents. It is common but strange for a woman who heads #DelhiWomenCommision .
Keya Das who is facing an alleged false case by her daughter-in-law wrote,
Such TASTEFUL,Elegant,Delicate departure, deviation. Leave taking is always painful. GOD BLESS U ABUNDANTLY
Bt there r some who leave voluntarily after momentary enjoyment..humiliating, destructin, annihilating estrngd hubby, his aged parents, relatives 4 #EXTORTION
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