After Bihar’s Muzaffarpur and Bhopal, yet another shelter home shocker came to light in Delhi. At least nine minor girls have been missing from Sanskaar Ashram in Delhi’s Dilshad Garden area since Saturday.
The incident came to light when attendance was taken on Sunday. However, the Delhi Commission for women has received information from a local.
Deputy Chief Minister of National capital, Manish Sisodia has ordered the suspension of concerned district officials and superintendent of shelter home with immediate effect.
An FIR has been registered in GTB Enclave police station pertaining to this case. During interrogation, the shelter home authority denied any information about the incident. According to reports, eight among 9 girls are between the ages of 18 and 20 and one is minor.
Swati Maliwal, chief of Delhi Commission of Women (DCW) told India Today that these girls are the victims of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. In connivance of shelter home official, the involvement of human traffickers or brothel owners in the kidnapping cannot be ruled out.
“We have written a letter to deputy CM demanding strict action against erring officials of shelter home,” Maliwal said.
“Earlier the commission received a complaint regarding irregularities in the functioning of the Ashram. A specific incident of the treatment meted out to a girl with special needs by the authorities had been mentioned. It was stated that the child was subjected to severe abuse and corporal punishment by the superintendent of the home,” Maliwal quoted by India Today as saying.