New Delhi: After actor-politician Khushbu Sundar opened up about sexual abuse by her father in past, 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.
“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.