Chilli powder put on minor girls’ private parts as punishment at Dwarka shelter home: DCW

Representatives of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) have registered a police complaint against a shelter home in the national capital’s Dwarka area. In its complaint, the body has alleged that a few elder girls living at the shelter home were given stringent punishments for defiant behavior by staffers.

A statement issued by DCW stated that the matter came to light during an inspection of shelter homes in Delhi on Thursday by the commission. Girls aged between 6-15 years of age told us during the interaction that female staffers at the shelter home put chili powder in their private parts as punishment, read the statement adding that the girls were also forced to consume chili powder by the staffers.
The girls had become submissive after being subjected to inhumane treatment by shelter home employees, said a member of the DCW. It was also revealed during the interaction that the teenage girls were forced to perform household chores such as cleaning rooms and toilets, washing clothes and utensils and even doing kitchen chores owing to the lack of employees at the shelter home. A report by news agency PTI claimed that the girls were beaten with scales for not keeping their rooms clean.

Members of the commission also asserted that the shelter home in question has only one cook for 22 girls and staff members, adding that the food being served to the residents was “not good”. DCW chief Swati Maliwal reached the home at around 8 pm on Thursday and informed the Dwarka deputy commissioner of police (DCP) about the allegations. As a result, a case was registered and police personnel along with DCW counselors have been deputed at the shelter home to ensure the safety of the minor girls.

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