Swati Maliwal, From Social Activism to Political Leadership

Swati Maliwal, From Social Activism to Political Leadership

May 17 India Standard


Born on October 15, 1984, Swati Maliwal is a politician and social activist. She now represents Delhi as a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha. Maliwal rose to attention as a result of her participation in Anna Hazare's 2011 Indian anti-corruption protest. In addition, from 2015 until 2024, she presided over the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW).

Early and personal life

Maliwal was abused at home as a young child. She was born in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, on October 15, 1984. She graduated from JSS Academy of Technical Education with a bachelor's degree in information technology while attending Amity International School. On January 23, 2012, Maliwal wed Naveen Jaihind. The two had met during Anna Hazare's 2011 anti-corruption campaign. Later on, Jaihind joined the Aam Aadmi Party as a politician, and in February 2020, the couple filed for divorce.

Social and political life

Politico and activist Maliwal gained notoriety in 2011 as part of the India Against Corruption movement. In her capacity as the head of the Delhi Commission for Women, she conducted hunger strikes in support of legislative changes, promoted police accountability, and protected young women from human trafficking. Currently serving as a Rajya Sabha member, she persists in her advocacy for the rights of women.


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