DCW chief demands release of girls from shelter home

Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Chief Swati Maliwal on Monday wrote to Delhi Police demanding it to expedite the cases of release of 15 girls from a women shelter home.

New Delhi: Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Chief Swati Maliwal on Monday wrote to Delhi Police demanding it to expedite the cases of release of 15 girls from a women shelter home.

"Wrote to DCPs to expedite the cases of release of 15 girls from Short Stay Homes in Nirmal Chhaya Complex," Maliwal said in a tweet.

Maliwal had conducted a surprise check at the shelter home on Friday and had spent the entire night at the facility where she interacted with inmates.

She had found the situation to be "grim" and had alleged "serious lapses" on part of the police after surprise checks at the women shelter home.

"I came across many women whose stipulated duration of stay in the home was over and according to nari niketan officials there release was getting delayed due to delay on part of their respective investigation officers.

"I have enclosed a list of 15 such women whose cases are pending and need to be expedited at your end to ensure their restoration," Maliwal said in a letter to DCP North Madhur Verma.

The DCW chief said that she also received a call from Women and Child Development Director who had assured her of improvement at the shelter home within three days.

"Director WCD called regarding Nari Niketan. She said she will improve the place in 3 days. DCW will revisit then to evaluate changes," she said in another tweet.

Meanwhile, parents of Meenakshi, who was brutally stabbed to death by two men in Central Delhi's Anand Prabat area last month, met Maliwal today.

"The SHO of Anandparbat police station who is investigating the issue has been summoned by DCW to appear before it tomorrow," officials at DCW said.

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