Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia called for the suspension of senior government officials following the disappearance of a minor girl and eight women from a shelter home in East Delhi’s Dilshad Garden area.
The police came to know by inmates that the girls were being mistreated. According to India Today report, the nine disappeared on the night of December 1 and 2. However, the shelter home authority has no clue about the incident.
Swati Maliwal, the Chief of Delhi Commission of Women (DCW) told India Today that kidnapping cannot be ruled out. “These girls are the victims of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. In connivance of shelter home officials, involvement of human traffickers or brothel owners in the kidnapping cannot be ruled out.”
Maliwal said the Commission has demanded strict action against officials of the shelter home. As per other media reports, the Commission had earlier received a detailed complaint from the erstwhile Chief Welfare Committee-V, Dilshad Garden, regarding irregularities in the functioning of the Sanskar Ashram for Girls Home. India Today stated Maliwal saying a child was subjected to severe abuse and corporal punishment by the superintendent of the home.
As of late, abuse and violence against girls in shelter homes have been hitting the headlines across the country. After the case of Muzaffarpur and Bhopal, now case of sexual exploitation and physical violence against shelter home inmates are from national capital Delhi. According to a report, the India government has no official data on how many state-run or private care homes are in the country.
A 2013 report by the Asian Centre for Human Rights described India’s juvenile homes as ‘hell homes’ where sexual abuse and physical assault were common and often carried out with impunity.
Besides sexual exploitation, the residents of the shelter homes are subjected to poor quality food and corporal punishment. Over the years, shelter homes have been misused by the authorities.
Despite the mounting evidence of mistreatment, there has been no serious investigation into the state of India’s care homes.