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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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Photo credit: newindianexpress.com

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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Photo credit: archive.patrika.com

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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BJP Member Files Defamation Complaint Against Arvind Kejriwal

“The tweet has not only defamed me but crores of other BJP members and the accused cannot be permitted to go scot-free for such an offence,” the complainant said

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Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

A BJP member Rajesh Kumar has filed a defamation complaint against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for tweeting objectional comments against his party men.

The complaint was filed before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal, who has listed the matter for a hearing on May 16.

Kumar, who claimed to be convenor of legal cell of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) Purvanchal Morcha in Delhi, told the court that he was shocked to see a tweet by Kejriwal saying that BJP members kept roaming around the country and raping Hindu girls.

“The accused (Kejriwal) has successfully dented the reputation of the complainant in particular and his party,” Kumar said in his complaint.

According to Kumar, he came across the tweet on September 30, 2018 and wanted to lodge a complaint immediately, but did not believing that the people would not take it seriously.

Arvind Kejriwal's party seems to be in trouble after the EC recommended disqualification of 20 of its MLAs. Wikimedia commons
Arvind Kejriwal’s party seems to be in trouble after the EC recommended disqualification of 20 of its MLAs. Wikimedia Commons

However, during Hanuman Jayanti celebrations in his society in April, one lady on realising that he was a BJP leader, taunted him citing the tweet.

There were several such incidents when the complainant had to face embarassment due to the “utterly irresponsible and defamatory tweet by Kejriwal, who holds such high position”, said Kumar in his plea.

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“The tweet has not only defamed me but crores of other BJP members and the accused cannot be permitted to go scot-free for such an offence,” the complainant said.

He has requested the court to issue summons against Kejriwal under provisions of the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act dealing with defamation and promoting enmity between different groups. (IANS)