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6-year-old raped: DCW issues notices to Delhi police, Urban Shelter Improvement Board

New Delhi: The Delhi Commission for Women has issued notices to city police and Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB), over alleged rape of a six-year-old girl and security lapses at a night shelter home near Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, in New Delhi.

After a surprise inspection by its members, including Chairperson Swati Maliwal, at the Night Shelter on Saturday night, the commission also got two FIRs registered against an alleged local goon for sexually abusing the children.

Maliwal said, “Despite a six-year-old girl having been raped recently in this very Night Shelter, no steps have been taken to protect the women and girls here who are living in extremely dangerous surroundings…..It is almost as if we are waiting for another rape to happen here. The Commission has issued Notices and will work towards improving the condition of the Shelter.”

The team of commission spent the entire night at the shelter home and found major security lapses like there was no separation between male, female and family night shelters. The commission in a statement said that during the visit, many minor girls complained of molestation and stalking by a local goon, who resides in the Night Shelter.

“Finally, after getting the support of the Commission, two girls aged 10 years and 5 years have revealed offences to the Police Team called on the spot by the Commission. Two FIRs regarding the same have been registered at the Parliament Street police station,” it said.

The commission said that it went to visit the night shelter after receiving a complaint about an alleged rape of a girl, who is untraceable, in the same night shelter by the same accused.

“On the basis of the visit and the facts that have been revealed, the DCW has issued a Notice to the Parliament Street police station regarding this case. In the Notice, the Commission has asked the Police to submit an enquiry report into the allegations made in the email and the present whereabouts of the missing girl. The commission has also sought reply from the PS on the steps they will take to protect the two girls who have reported the abuse last night,” it said.

The commission, while issuing notice to DUSIB said many men and boys were intoxicated and their presence in the shelter was not even marked in a register. Both Delhi Police and DUSIB have been asked by the commission to submit their replies by May 26, 2016.