Maliwal, speaking to journalists after the DCW International Women’s Day Awards ceremonyrevealed that she had experienced abuse up until she was in the fourth grade.
“I was sexually assaulted by my father when I was a child. I was very small at that time. My father used to beat me up and I used to hide under the bed to save myself,” she said.
“While hiding under the bed, I used to think how I will teach a lesson to such men who abuse women and children, and how I can help women get their rights,” she said.
Narrating her ordeal, Maliwal said that her father would grab her by her braid and slam her against the wall, leading to severe bleeding. “This happened till I was in Class 4,” she recalled.
Recently, actor and National Commission for Women (NCW) member Khushboo Sundar said she was sexually abused by her father at the age of 8.
(With inputs from PTI)Watch ‘I was sexually assaulted by my father as a child’: DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal opens up