Maliwal writes to LG, sug­gests ways to stop sex rack­ets

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: Delhi Com­mis­sion for Women chief Swati Maliwal has sent de­tailed rec­om­men­da­tions to lieu­tenant gov­er­nor Anil Bai­jal re­gard­ing the mea­sures needed to be taken for stop­ping sex rack­ets be­ing run in the guise of spas.

The re­port sent by DCW al­leged that the au­thor­i­ties al­lowed mush­room­ing of hun­dreds of spas and mas­sage par­lours. Maliwal said that dur­ing field in­spec­tions the com­mis­sion found that sex rack­ets were run­ning from sev­eral spas in the city.

She said that af­ter in­ter­ven­tion by DCW, five FIRs were reg­is­tered against spa cen­tres. “There ap­pears to be a deep-rooted nexus be­tween the spa own­ers and au­thor­i­ties like Delhi Po­lice, mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tions and oth­ers,” the DCW chief al­leged.

The re­port ob­served that some spa own­ers had also filed writ pe­ti­tions with “twisted facts” in court over DCW’s ac­tion against the spa cen­tres. “One of the pe­ti­tion­ers is a politi­cian from a lead­ing party,” Maliwal said.

The com­mis­sion said they found that there were only 399 li­censed spas in Delhi un­der the three civic bod­ies. How­ever, an on­line phone direc­tory re­vealed there were over 5,000 spa and mas­sage cen­tres reg­is­tered with it in the city.

The rec­om­men­da­tions sent to the LG in­clude de­tailed safe­guards for strength­en­ing the process of reg­is­tra­tion and op­er­a­tion of spa cen­tres.

A few of the sug­ges­tions are — com­plete ban on cross-gen­der mas­sages, spas run­ning to be closed with im­me­di­ate ef­fect, in­ter­nal com­plaints com­mit­tee un­der the Pre­ven­tion of Sex­ual Ha­rass­ment at Work­place to be set in spa cen­tres and the staff should be ap­pointed only af­ter po­lice ver­i­fi­ca­tion.

Maliwal has also re­quested the LG to form joint teams of cor­po­ra­tions, Delhi Po­lice and DCW to in­spect all the ex­ist­ing spas.

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