In a shocking incident, almost 10 teenage girls staying in a west Delhi shelter have accused the staff of the shelter home of molestation. The girls further accused the staff of injecting them with an unexplained drug and also beating them if they complained about the same.
According to a report in Hindustan Times, the government shelter home in west Delhi was for girls who were rescued from streets, human trafficking and rape survivors. The deplorable incident was exposed when one of the girls wrote to the Delhi Legal Services Authority. She had written this letter in the first week of April, and complained about human rights violation and torture. After these nine other girls also wrote to authority, which led the authority to take this matter to Delhi Commission for Women (DCW).
In this incident, at least two girls have alleged that they were molested by the shelter home staff. And, in a police statement, another girl has said that she was made to starve for days as punishment for accusing a staff member of torturing her. Hindustan Times quoted a source saying, “The girls were allegedly given an Oxytocin-type substance that stimulates changes in their body. Police conducted a medical examination of syringe marks and registered a case. The officials are being questioned.”
After the Delhi Legal Services Authority handed over the complaints to Delhi Commission for Women (DCW), on April 8, DCW chief Swati Maliwal visited the shelter home. After her visit, she was shocked and immediately wrote to Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik. In her letter, she informed that the girls told her that they were beaten and harassed. DCW chief in her complaint had mentioned that the girls were not treated properly, were not given adequate food and proper clothing.
And, on April 16, the police officially registered an FIR. They have charged the shelter home officials with criminal intimidation, causing harm by poisoning, criminal conspiracy and laws under the juvenile justice care and protection act.
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