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Delhi Govt raids one NGO with the help of another, rescues 18 girls

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The latest report by the National Crime Record Bureau states that are more vulnerable and insecure in the capital city of the country than anywhere else. The rate of crime (incidents per lakh population) is highest in Delhi followed by Union Territories Chandigarh and Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Establishing this as a fact, 18 minor girls were found in an illegal shelter run by the NGO Ummeed in Nangal Raya, West Delhi. The rescue operation was led by chairperson of Delhi Government’s Child Welfare Committee Amita Tiwari along with local officials and activists of the NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA).

At around 2 pm, the activists reached the home and saw the misery of the girls. They were astonished to see a children’s home without any ventilation, direct sunlight and water supply. Two small rooms, which were more like storage spaces, had the belongings of all the along with a compact place for sleeping.

The entire house was infested with cockroaches, rats and insects, making the house a difficult place to reside in. One of the older girls who was rescued in the operation was found scolding the younger girls; she was found threatening them to not open their mouths under any circumstances. She informed the that they have to speak highly of the ‘home’ and say they lived in a comfortable state.

During the rescue operation, it was found that most of the had similar textbooks, although they said they were from different grades. The place is owned by F Lalthan Pula and has been running since 2006. The age of the rescued children ranged from 6 to 16 years of age; most of them were trafficked from Bihar, Odisha, and Nepal. A warden, their employer Pula and his daughter also stayed in the 2-room house with no beds. One could sense that the were influenced in the name of God as the wardens were continuously telling them to have faith in the divine. After speaking to the young girls, Reshmi (name changed), all of 6, said , “My parents died a long time ago. Some from my village brought me here. I do not know for what reason I am here.”

Nandita (name changed), another rescued child, said, “I didn’t take bath for 2 days. There has always been a scarcity of water here. I came here two years ago.”

As there has been violations of several provisions of the JJ Act in this case, the Child Welfare Committee ordered a rescue of these and asked BBA to take a lead in this case. As per the order of Tiwari, the girls have been moved to the Nirmal Chhaaya Girls’ Home.

Speaking on the issue, chairperson of BBA RS Chaurisya said, “In one of the judgments of the Supreme Court, Bachpan Bachao Andolan Vs Union of India, it was ordered that every home should have a proper licence and their activities should be monitored by the State Government concerned. But it is unfortunate that illegal homes like these still exist that become a reason of exploitation of innocent children brought from various states.”

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Surajit Dasgupta
Surajit Dasgupta
Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sirf News Surajit Dasgupta has been a science correspondent in The Statesman, senior editor in The Pioneer, special correspondent in Money Life, the first national affairs editor of Swarajya, executive editor of Hindusthan Samachar and desk head of MyNation

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