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Why did 11 Asha Kiran home inmates die, HC asks AAP govt

New Delhi, Feb 17, 2017 (PTI)
 The matter came to light after a surprise inspection earlier this month by the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) which found the inhabitants living in extremely inhumane and unhygienic conditions. The DCW had also said it had found that 11 patients had died in the facility in the last two months. The PIL sought a direction to Delhi government's Social Welfare Department, which runs the home for persons with mental disabilities. PTI file photo
Delhi High Court today asked the AAP government to inform it about the reasons behind the death of 11 patients at a home for mentally retarded in a span of two months and the steps they have taken in the matter so far. "What steps have been taken in relation to the issue pointed in the writ petition," a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra said, asking the counsel for the Delhi government to inform it about the reasons behind such incidents, including the disappearance of about 250 inmates from there since 2001.

"We would like to see," the bench said and asked the government and the concerned authorities to file a status report before April 19. The court's direction came on a plea seeking a direction to theAAP government to disclose the reasons for the death. The public interest litigation (PIL) also urged the court to order registration of FIRs against the erring officials on the basisof the post-mortem reports of the bodies.

The matter came to light after a surprise inspection earlier this month by the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) which found the inhabitants living in extremely inhumane and unhygienic conditions. The DCW had also said it had found that 11 patients had died in the facility in the last two months.
The PIL sought a direction to Delhi government's Social Welfare Department, which runs the home for persons with mental disabilities.

It also soughtan investigation into the reasons for the alleged disappearance of around 250 inmates between 2001-2016, Petitioner Salek Chand Jain, who claims to be a social worker, said in his plea that the DCW, during its surprise visit at the Asha Kiran, had even found women inmates walking about naked in the corridors. The inspection was conducted by DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal on February 4 night.

DCW has issued a notice to the social welfare department secretary and set up a separate inquiry committee to look into the complaints against the home. Highlighting severely unsanitary conditions and overcrowding at the home, the petitioner in his plea said the court should take steps to stop such incidents, including its inmates going missing and not being traced till date.

 

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