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Delhi needs night shelters more than night life: Swati Maliwal


Swati Maliwal

New Delhi: Delhi needs night shelters more than a better “night life”, Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal said here.

“Night shelters in the city are extremely unsafe for women. Delhi needs better night shelters, not a ‘night life’,” Maliwal told reporters after her random visits to three night shelters in the national capital.

Maliwal, along with DCW member Sarika Chaudhary and two volunteers, visited three night shelters run by Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) in Nizamuddin and Jama Masjid areas late Saturday.

“In past 10 days, the locals have complained about missing of many children. A four-year-old girl went missing from a night shelter three days ago and hasn’t been found yet,” she said, adding that she would seek a report from police on the missing children in the area.

“The toilets are very few and no separate toilets for women were there. Male and female night shelters are adjacent to each other in the same complex, with no security restrictions,” Maliwal said. She also pointed out water scarcity in the shelters.