In a surprise visit, Delhi Commission for Women chief, Swati Maliwal, spent the whole night at one Nari Niketan (Women Shelter Home) in Delhi’s Jail Road in Harinagar and found the condition quite unlivable.
She said the condition at the Nari Niketan was a ‘living hell’ adding that the residents faced unimaginable difficulties in a ‘jail-like condition.’.
She reportedly found that there the Nari Niketan in question had just two toilets for close to 100 residents. Maliwal also ‘discovered that women with special needs were being kept together with normal women.”
She said, ” Many infrastructural problems. Unfortunate that mentally challenged n normal women are being forced to live together in the same place. Spoke to each girl individually. Every girl has gone through hell in life before landing up in Nari Niketan. Victims of system and society.”
Maliwal, who has recently taken charge of the DCW, also said that she had found women in Nari Niketan who wanted to leave, and had ‘court orders to that effect.’ This, she said, was a result of serious lapses by Delhi Police.
She said, DCW will take ‘cognizance of this issue’ and will be coming back on Saturday to go through the ‘case files.’