Maliwal writes to LG, suggests ways to stop sex rackets
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.