DCW requests DPC to trace nine girls missing from shelter home
Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Chief, Swati Maliwal, met with the Delhi Police Commissioner on Friday on the issue of the nine girls gone missing from a government-run shelter home — Sanskar Ashram. She appealed to him to put all available resources in tracing the missing girls.
The nine girls were transferred from a shelter home in Dwarka to Sanskar Ashram for Girls on May 4, 2018, on orders of the Child Welfare Committee-VII. The girls were victims of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation, and there was a possibility of the traffickers/brothel owners kidnapping these girls.
On the intervening night of December 1 and 2, nine minor girls who were residents of Sanskar Ashram for Girls, Dilshad Garden went missing from the home and the home authorities claim not to have a clue on how and when these girls went missing.
“DCW Chief appealed to the Police Commissioner to direct the Crime Branch to reach the core of the matter and ascertain the linkage of the traffickers with shelter home authorities as well as police. She expressed her disbelief that the nine girls can go missing from a government-run shelter home without the knowledge and connivance of the authorities
She informed the Police Commissioner that of the 9 girls gone missing, one 15-year-old girl upon her rescue by DCW had informed the police that she had been raped by twenty men daily in GB road and when the Commission’s team was coming to rescue her, the police collided with the traffickers to try and hide her. While the Commission had ensured that her statements were converted into an FIR, no action has been taken against the officer. Hence, DCW Chief expressed her apprehension that police officers may also be involved in the re-trafficking of the girls,” stated the release shared by the Commission.
DCW Chief Swati Maliwal