The Delhi Commission of Women conducted a surprise inspection of the Asha Kiran home for the mentally challenged on Saturday night. What they thought would be routine alterations here and there turned surprisingly shocking as they proceeded into the neglected facility.

Speaking about the inspection, DCW Chairman Swati Maliwal said, “Shockingly, nude women were roaming around in the corridors even as there are CCTV cameras installed there which are being monitored by male staff.”

Maliwal also said that child patients at the mental health home were denied mattresses to sleep on. The team also found that 11 patients had died in the past two months.

The authorities at the facility would make four patients share one bed and would also ask them to do personal chores for them like massaging their legs and cleaning the facility. It was also found that patients who should’ve been provided wheelchairs were crawling their way towards the washroom.

The Asha Kiran home for the mentally challenged was established by the city’s department of social welfare. The department now has a deadline of 72 hours to respond to the findings.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has been looking after the social welfare department on additional charge.

First Published | 6 February 2017 11:10 AM
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