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Night shelters for pregnant and lactating women: HC

Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 05, 2014
First Published: 09:08 IST(5/7/2014) | Last Updated: 09:43 IST(5/7/2014)

The Delhi High Court on Friday rapped occupants who have made night shelters their permanent home. The court said the shelters were meant for homeless pregnant and lactating women and not for healthy people.

“It’s night shelter; we have not built it as a permanent accommodation. How is it possible that everyone who comes in Delhi will be given a permanent home?” Justice Manmohan said.

The court’s observations came on a plea filed by Delhi government seeking its clarification of the earlier order where it asked government to provide facilities to pregnant and lactating women.

The government told the court that homeless people from other states have come here and have been residing in the shelters for many years. Despite repeated requests, they have not been vacating the shelters and residing there permanently.

Earlier a contempt plea was filed by Priya Kale, who resides in Motia Khan shelter home, alleging that she had lost her two-month-old baby due to inhuman conditions in the shelter home.


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