TISS TEAM TO DO SO­CIAL AU­DIT OF DELHI SHEL­TER HOMES

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NEW DELHI: The team of Tata In­sti­tute of So­cial Sciences (TISS) Koshish, which ex­posed the hor­rors of Bi­har Muzaf­farpur shel­ter home, has been ap­pointed by the Delhi Com­mis­sion for Women (DCW) to con­duct so­cial au­dit of all the shel­ter homes in Delhi. Deputy Chief Min­is­ter Man­ish Siso­dia on Thurs­day or­dered this au­dit to all pri­vate and gov­ern­ment shel­ter homes in Delhi.

"The Com­mis­sion has en­gaged an ex­ter­nal ex­pert agency namely Koshish which is a field project of Tata In­sti­tute of So­cial Sciences, Mum­bai to con­duct the ex­er­cise. Koshish had ear­lier suc­cess­fully con­ducted sim­i­lar au­dit in other states es­pe­cially the state of Bi­har and was re­spon­si­ble for ex­pos­ing the Muzaf­farpur Shel­ter Home hor­ror," ob­served the DCW in a state­ment. It added that an agree­ment was signed be­tween DCW and Koshish, TISS in Novem­ber and the Koshish team un­der the lead­er­ship of Md Tariq, Di­rec­tor Koshish and As­sis­tant Pro­fes­sor TISS has started so­cial au­dit­ing shel­ter homes in Delhi.

"Koshish team is vis­it­ing all the shel­ter homes in Delhi and au­dit­ing the same on var­i­ous as­pects which shall in­clude the in­fra­struc­ture, fa­cil­i­ties pro­vided, num­bers train­ing and at­ti­tude of staff, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and restora­tion ef­forts amongst oth­ers. An agree­ment has been made be­tween DCW and Koshish wherein

the Koshish team shall in­form the Com­mis­sion im­me­di­ately in case any in­stances of abuse are dis­cov­ered in the homes. The team shall also doc­u­ment

best prac­tices and la­cu­nae in pol­icy in its re­port," the state­ment noted. In the meet­ing, the Deputy CM said that the Delhi gov­ern­ment is keen to over­haul and im­prove the func­tion­ing of all the shel­ter homes and has there­fore in­vited an ex­ter­nal agency to ex­am­ine the sta­tus and is­sues of homes in a non-par­ti­san man­ner and present a clear pic­ture to the gov­ern­ment.

The DCW Chair­per­son Swati Mali­wal said, "A pi­lot so­cial au­dit of shel­ter homes had been ini­ti­ated by the Com­mis­sion in Septem­ber and a re­port is be­ing sub­mit­ted to the Gov­ern­ment. The Com­mis­sion has now en­gaged TISS to in­de­pen­dently con­duct au­dits of all homes for women and girls in Delhi. The Com­mis­sion shall leave no stone un­turned to en­sure that shel­ter homes in the Cap­i­tal be­come places of pro­tec­tion and care for the women and girls."

Deputy Chief Min­is­ter Man­ish Siso­dia with of­fi­cials dur­ing a meet­ing

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