Shakur Basti a man-made hell: DCW chief

Shakur Basti a man-made hell: DCW chief

Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal today described the situation at Shakur Basti as "man-made hell" after 1,200 slum dwellings were demolished by the railways to clear "encroachments" and a baby died there, and said it was "nothing short of a criminal" act.

Maliwal, who visited the site in west Delhi, took to Twitter to express her anger and said, "Visited man-made hell in Shakur Basti. 5,000 women and girls now homeless. Plastic sheet on head that is their home also snatched away."

The DCW chairperson also stressed on the need for proper rehabilitation while carrying out such a drive, adding the statement of other injured children is being recorded for further clarification.

"There are so many other children who have got injured. We are recording their statements for further clarification but the most important thing is that how can we execute such a big operation without proper rehabilitation. We will have to talk about rehabilitation.

"These are poorest of the poor people of the country. We cannot drive them away who have been settled here since 20 years. It is nothing short of criminal (act)," Maliwal told reporters.

In one of her tweets, she said, "11-year-old girl got 9 stitches on head in stampede during demolition. Unable to give exam tomorrow (sic)."

The demolition drive, which was carried out yesterday by the railway for expanding infrastructure, has evoked angry protests from Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who wanted murder case to be registered.

As many as 1200 slum units were removed in the drive with the railways saying it was carried out after three notices, the first one with the March 14, 2015 deadline.

A six-month-old baby died in one of the slum units, which the railways insisted occurred two hours before the demolition started at 12 pm yesterday. 

Meanwhile, the DCW chairperson met the seven-year-old girl, who was allegedly sexually assaulted on Friday by a teenager living in her neighbourhood in south Delhi's Tigri area. The accused boy was apprehended by police, while the girl is recuperating at AIIMS here.

After meeting the victim in evening, Maliwal tweeted, "Visited seven-year-old girl raped in Delhi. She is in so much pain. Had to undergo two hour surgery. What (a) shame. How many more Nirbhaya will Delhi have?"  

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