9 women go missing from Delhi shelter home, Sisodia suspends senior officials

Manish Sisodia

Nine women have gone missing from a shelter home in east Delhi’s Dilshad Garden area. Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia has directed the chief secretary to suspend senior government officers over laxity.

On the intervening night of December 1 and 2, nine women who were residents of the Sanskar Ashram for Girls in Dilshad Garden, went missing while authorities at the facility claimed to have no clue about the sudden disappearance.

It came to light only on Sunday morning. An FIR was lodged by the Delhi Police on Sunday.

The nine women were transferred from another shelter home in Dwarka in May. The women were earlier rescued from human traffickers.

The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has written to Sisodia, demanding strict action against the erring officials.Earlier, the commission received a detailed complaint from the erstwhile Child Welfare Committee-V, Dilshad Garden, regarding irregularities in the functioning of the Sanskar Ashram for Girls Home.

The welfare committee reported an incident of a girl with special needs being mistreated at the shelter home.

It was stated that the child was subjected to severe abuse and corporal punishment by the superintendent of the shelter home when the committee had to intervene.

Since cruelty on children is a cognizable offence under Section 75 of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015, the commission issued a notice to the Department of Women and Child Development and Delhi Police, inquiring about the reasons behind non-registration of an FIR on each of the complaints.

DCW then received another complaint from the CWC wherein it was stated that the same superintendent had also beaten up several other girls and her conduct was highly improper.

However, no action was taken by the either the Department of Women and Child Development or the Delhi Police.


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