NHRC notices to the Secretary, Government of NCT of Delhi and Delhi Police Commissioner over allegations of atrocity against girls in a state run shelter home (02.05.2017)
New Delhi, 2nd May, 2017
The National Human Rights Commission has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report that at least 10 girls residing in the state run shelter house, situated in West Delhi, have complained of molestation by the staff members and forcible administration of injections of unexplained drugs, apart from beatings.
According to the media report, the victims have been given some substance similar to Oxytocin which stimulates physical growth in prepubescent girls. Most of the girls are either rape survivors or rescued from the city's streets from the clutches of human traffickers and brothels. One of the girls has alleged that she was not given food for days as a punishment because she had accused one of the staff members of torturing her.
The Commission has issued notices to the Chief Secretary, Government of NCT of Delhi and the Commissioner of Police, Delhi, calling for a detailed report in the matter, within four weeks.
The Commission has observed that the contents of the news report, if true, are disgusting and indicative of gross negligence on the part of the Department of Social Welfare of the Government of NCT of Delhi. The shelter houses are aimed to provide safe and secure environment to its inmates along with skill training etc so that they could earn a living after leaving it. Such a barbaric treatment to young and teenage girls in a shelter home is the worst example of violation of human rights. The Right to Life and Dignity of the victims have been grossly violated.
According to the media report, carried on the 1st May, 2017, the Delhi Legal Services Authority received several complaints from the victim girls and they alerted the Delhi Commission for Women. An FIR has been reportedly registered on the 17th April, 2017, charging the officials for criminal intimidation, causing harm by poisoning, criminal conspiracy under relevant sections of laws including the Juvenile Justice Care and Protection Act. Reportedly, no officer from the Social Welfare Department of the State Government wished to come on record.