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Teenage girls abused in shelter home, DCW takes staff to task

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Dwaraka, New Delhi: On their designated visits to a shelter home, the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) unearthed the stories of severe abuse of teenage girls by the staff of the shelter home.

According to a PTI report, the DCW personnel visited the shelter home to check the well being of the teenage girls living there. The girls’ alleged abuse by the staff members of the home. Following the girls’ allegations, a complaint was registered by the police said the DCW on Friday.

The DCW members interacted with the children aged between 6-15 to understand their experience of residing at the shelter home. Some elder girls at the shelter home in Delhi’s Dwarka area alleged that the female staff put chilly powder in their private parts as punishment. They were also forced to have chilly powder.

The shelter home staff would not tolerate any sort of defiant behaviour from the children and such children would be met with “serious and grave punishment” because of which they had become submissive.

The girls had to do all the cleaning and cooking works at the shelter home as there was a shortage of staff. There was only one cook for 22 girls residing at the home. The girls also complained about being beaten with a scale on disobedience. The girls were not permitted to go home during summer and winter vacations.

The DCW members informed the DCW chief Swati Maliwal about the allegations who reached the home at 8 pm.

Ms Maliwal immediately informed the Dwarka deputy commissioner of police, who sent a team of senior officers to the home and recorded statements of the children. A complaint has been registered by the Delhi Police against the staff, the DCW said.

According to the DCW statement, the DCW chairperson and the members of the expert committee stayed in the home till early morning. A team of DCW counsellors and police are deputed in the home 24/7 to ensure the safety of the children. The DCW shall continue to monitor the condition of the shelter home.

The DCW in consultation with the Delhi government had set up an expert committee some time ago to inspect various private and government-run shelter homes and give suggestions for their improvement.



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