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Asha Kiran horror: Kejriwal asks why govt was not informed about deaths

Delhi BJP has demanded resignation of deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, who is in charge of the social welfare department, for deplorable condition of inmates at Asha Kiran.

delhi Updated: Feb 13, 2017 09:19 IST
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Asha Kiran home
The Asha Kiran home for the mentally challenged in Sector 1, Rohini. An inspection by the DCW showed the horrific conditions in which the inmates of the Delhi-government run shelter home are forced to live in. (Sushil Kumar/HT Photo)

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has asked the chief secretary to ensure all problems at Asha Kiran home are fixed within a week and a report is presented to him on February 13.

A team of Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) had found women and children living in deplorable condition in the home located in Rohini in north west Delhi after which a notice was served to the secretary of Delhi government’s social welfare department last Friday. Eleven inmates have died in the home over the last two months.

“I am extremely disturbed by the prevailing conditions reported by DCW and in the media on the Asha Kiran Home. Chief secretary should personally ensure that all the deficiencies are removed within a week to the satisfaction of DCW,” wrote Kejriwal to chief secretary M M Kutty on Monday.

Read: Delhi shelter home horror: Male staff monitor women changing, sick made to work

Kejriwal has also asked Kutty to respond to his four questions by 4.30 pm on Monday. Pointing to the role secretary of social welfare, Dilraj Kaur, should have played, Kejriwal has asked how many times and when did the secretary visit Asha Kiran and two other homes, why did she not inform the government about 11 deaths at the shelter home, what did she do after she found out about each death and what did she do to prevent it.

In her report, DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal also mentioned that the women residents were forced to change and take bath in open. They were seen walking without clothes in the corridor that was captured in CCTV cameras monitored by male staff.

The Delhi BJP has demanded resignation of deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, who is in charge of the social welfare department.

Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari also said that Kejriwal is directly responsible for ‘horrifying’ conditions at the facility as the social welfare department was run without a minister in charge for months after Sandeep Kumar was removed from the post last August.

“The government is trying to evade responsibility and mislead people. Sisodia should own responsibility and resign immediately. The CM should order remedial measures to improve conditions at such social homes,” he said.