The advancing winter has only heightened the plight of the city’s homeless with each passing day. While there are night shelters for adults in the city, girls stay away fearing physical abuse. The city has 150 night shelters which can accommodate 14,000 people.
“So far, we have set up 15 open shelters where boys below the age of 18 years can come throughout the day. Girls are not allowed in these shelters. They must be seeking shelter on footpaths. Though a proposal has been made to create a shelter only for girls, it is yet to be cleared,” said a senior Delhi government official.
As per a survey conducted by an NGO — Save the Children — there are approximately 50,000 street children in the city, constituting 0.4% of the city’s population. As per the study, North Delhi has the highest concentration of street children.
Volunteers have been assigned several contact places where there is a high concentration of street children.