District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) has sent yet another scathing report on poor condition of protection home for runaway couples in Sector 15, Panchkula.
The upkeep of the protection home is with the district administration and the home, located inside a police post, has just one room. According to the recent report of a panel advocate of DLSA, Manbir Singh Rathi, dated May 21, “There is no bed available to the couples and thus with no option, three couples present there have to sit and sleep on the floor. There are no curtains and the washroom is also in unhygienic condition. Water is available for only two hours and there is no facility of water storage.”
The day the DLSA report was submitted the protection home had three couples.
The report added, “There is no drinking water available in the protection home and the couples have to fetch the drinking water from outside the premises… the windows of the room are also broken. The nodal officer appointed by the Panchkula DC has been informed about the state of the protection home time and again but nothing has been done till date except false assurances. Thus the district administration, Panchkula, failed to comply with the directions of the hon’ble high court of the Punjab and Haryana in case titled Asha Rani vs state.”
The report pointed out that the food being served to the couples at the protection home is brought from the old age home at Sector 15, Panchkula, thereby burdening the Red Cross who has meager funds.
It added, “The matter has already been raised repeatedly with the Panchkula DC, but no steps have been taken till date to improve the living conditions there. It is pertinent to mention here that many other government buildings are having facilities of boarding and lodging in Panchkula and are lying vacant i.e. youth hostel, Sector 3, Olympic Bhavan, Sector 3, and rest house of Mandi Board, Sector 20 etc.”
On May 20, DLSA chairman and sessions judge RK Sondhi had visited the protection home after which a report was called for. During the visit, the couples had narrated their grievances. The report requested for intimating the Punjab and Haryana high court about the state of affairs at the protection home as the issue remained unresolved even after complaining to the Panchkula DC.