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DCW unveils ugly face of Nari Niketan

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: A Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) investigation has revealed that Nari Niketan, the only shelter home for women in Delhi, is nothing more than a living hell. DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal painted the harrowing picture regarding the same.

The city government suspended two superintendents of Nari Niketan on Saturday and terminated the services of three welfare officers. They had been hired on a contractual basis. Those suspended include the superintendents of Nari Niketan and Half Way Home.

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DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal had stayed overnight at the shelter home and submitted a report to women and child development minister Sandeep Kumar about the abysmal conditions of the place.

A Delhi government spokesperson said: “The decision was taken following a meeting of the Delhi Commission for Women with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, in which the DCW submitted a detailed report about the poor administration and dereliction of duty by the officials.”

“There were only four cleaning staff deployed in the premises of Nari Niketan who used to leave the premises around 4 pm. The minister has ordered round the clock availability of cleaning staff so that proper hygienic conditions could be ensured in the premises,” he added.

According to the report submitted by DCW, one key issue was ‘safe drinking water’. The minister has ordered for a conformity report to be submitted within 24 hours regarding the status of safe drinking water in the premises.

There will also be reasonable availability of interpreters for women who can’t speak and hear and so were not able to communicate with the legal authorities.

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The spokesperson added: “It has been found during the visit that more psychiatrists and psychologists need to be appointed for better treatment of inmates. It has been directed to the department that records related with the inmates will go digital so that necessary tracking of each inmate can be done.”

As per the report, there is also a severe lapse in quantity of food provided to the inmates. It unveiled that fruits and milk meant for the inmates were not distributed in adequate amounts to the inmates.

NGO Shakti Vahini alleged that the shelter staff mistreats the inmates and forces them to change their statements.

President of Shakti Vahini Ravi Kant said: “We are thankful to this government that finally some action has been taken. In 2013, I had given a complaint to the crime branch against the superintendent that she is involved in corruption. But despite raising issues on various platforms, no action was taken against them. In fact, a girl had told the court that she was thrashed by staff inside the Nari Niketan.”

“The staff is abusive there and victims have reported this in court too. We hope that after this strict action, situation will improve here,” he quipped.

The government spokesperson said the suspension order is meant to give a clear-cut message that “no dereliction to duty will be taken for granted and necessary action will be taken against the erring officials.”

 

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Kejriwal exposed as a liar: BJP leader

He also accused Kejriwal of hatching a conspiracy to mislead people by playing the emotional card of apology

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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, VOA
  • Arvind Kejriwal apologised to Bikram Singh Majithia
  • BJP leader says that this apology established himself
  • BJP also alleged that Kejriwal did nothing while state aced so many problems

A day after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal apologised to former Punjab Minister Bikram Singh Majithia for alleging that he was involved in the drug trade, the BJP Delhi unit on Friday said he has exposed himself as a “liar”.

The BJP also alleged that he was doing nothing even while the people of the national capital were facing a number of issues due to sealing.

Arvind Kejriwal apologized to Bikram Singh Majithia. IANS

Addressing a press conference here, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Delhi unit President Manoj Tiwari said: ” What we have been saying for long has been proved today. He is a liar. He has apologised to Majithia for making false allegations against him.”

“He is on his way to apologise to (Union Finance Minister) Arun Jaitley ji and (Union Transport Minister) Nitin Gadkari ji for making false allegations,” the BJP leader said. Kejriwal is facing defamation cases in court for levelling allegations against Jaitley and Gadkari.

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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief on Thursday apologised to the Shiromani Akali Dal leader in Punjab for making allegations of involvement in the drug trade, following which the latter said that he will withdraw a defamation suit filed in an Amristar court.

Tiwari, who represents the northeast Delhi constituency in the Lok Sabha, accused Kejriwal of misleading the people over the ongoing sealing drive in the national capital.

BJP MLA Vijender Gupta accused the AAP chief of only rendering “lip service” on the sealing drive and urged the Chief Minister to hold an all-party meeting with the Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring committee overseeing the drive.

“Since December last, Kejriwal is only doing lip service on the issue of sealing drive. He has done nothing to stop it,” Gupta, the Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly, said.

He said that though Lt Governor Anil Baijal cleared the file for notifying 351 roads in the capital on February 8, the matter is still pending. “Why hasn’t he (Kejriwal) notified the 351 roads in the last 45 days?” Gupta asked.

BJP leaders are calling this apology a gimmick.

He also accused Kejriwal of hatching a conspiracy to mislead people by playing the emotional card of apology. Gupta warned the Monitoring Committee members not to act outside the law and said: “If the monitoring committee acts against law, then the BJP will oppose it.”

“We are going to inform the three municipal corporations of Delhi not to follow the commands of the Monitoring Committee if it goes against the law,” he said. “The MCDs should approach the court and also make Kejriwal a party,” the BJP leader added. IANS