The Delhi government on Wednesday told the Delhi high court that it has identified two community centres to be run as shelter homes for destitute pregnant and lactating women.
Government's standing counsel Najmi Waziri told the court that the department of women and child development has identified the two shelter centres following the directives of the court.
On January 12 the court had pulled up the Delhi government for not coming up with shelter homes exclusively for destitute pregnant women while hearing a suo moto PIL following a report in Hindustan Times about a pregnant woman dying on street after giving birth last year.
A division bench of chief justice Dipak Misra and justice Sanjiv Khanna gave the government 10 days to "operationalise" the shelter home along with providing medicines and other medical facilities.
The court also asked the amicus curae to verify and report to it whether the shelter homes are functional during the next hearing on February 2.
The government further informed that it has identified Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) and All India Women's Conference (AIWC) to set up and run these two shelter homes — one each at Jehangirpuri and Kalkaji.
Hindustan Times had reported on August 29, 2010, how a destitute woman named Laxmi lay in a poor of dirty water for days with dogs lurking nearby and flies swarming her new-born baby.
Thousands of Delhiites walked past before and after she gave birth to a girl on July 26 and died a week later at Shankar Market near Connaught Place.
Waziri said the government has taken the decision in consultation with Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board and the Department of Women and Child Development.
Responding to the submissions, the hich gourt bench directed the Delhi government to either appoint any person or agency to co-ordinate between the two homes. The infant is in the custody of an NGO at present.
After the court took cognizance of the case, Ritu Fredrick, a woman boutique owner who had rescued the child, was allowed to visit the baby fortnightly.
The court had expressed concern over the incident taking place despite various welfare schemes of the government for the poor people.