Kejriwal orders inquiry into Asha Kiran Home lapses

Asha Kiran

New Delhi, Feb 6: What can be more shocking than the recent report where the Asha Kiran Home for the mentally challenged turned into a hell for them.

The scenario came to light after Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Chairperson Swati Maliwal on Sunday made a surprise visit to the Asha Kiran Home and found deplorable conditions that had resulted in death of 11 inmates in last two months.

The condition was so deteriorating that upto four persons were on a single bed, women inmates had to remove clothes in the open while queueing up for bath and walking naked in the corridors, and CCTV cameras being monitored by male staff.

Maliwal observed stinking rooms, filthy toilets and excreta and urine in the corridors.

Expressing shock over the condition, Kejriwal wrote that he was “extremely disturbed” by the reports.

In an official note to Delhi Chief Secretary M.M. Kutty, Kejriwal ordered him to file a report by February 13 and to “personally ensure” that the situation is rectified within a week.

“Chief Secretary should personally ensure that all these deficiencies are removed within a week to the satisfaction of DCW,” he ordered.

He also ordered Kutty to submit a report by Monday evening on how many times the Secretary of Social Welfare and Women and Child Development departments, Dilraj Kaur, visited the Asha Kiran Home and two other homes for mentally challenged in the past.

The Chief Minister also asked why the official did not bring the reports of deaths to the notice of the government.

“What steps did she take when each death was brought to her notice? What steps did she take to prevent these serious lapses,” Kejriwal asked.

Wefornews Bureau

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