Delhi Commission for Women found 11 inmates of Asha Kiran died in the past two months
GN Bureau | February 7, 2017
The shocking state of affairs at Asha Kiran, the Delhi government’s home for the mentally challenged, is now in focus following a surprise visit by a team led by Delhi Commission for Women chairperson Swati Maliwal. However, over two years back, a CAG report too had exposed the glaring shortcomings at the home.
The DCW surprise visit revealed that 11 inmates have died in the past two months.
Maliwal said that women were being made to remove their clothes in the open while being lined up for taking a bath. Shockingly, completely nude women were roaming around in the corridors. Moreover, the corridors of the dormitory had CCTV cameras installed which are being monitored by male staffers. The Commission saw the CCTV footage which captured mentally- challenged women roaming around nude.
Read: Asha Kiran inmates wait in vain for new home
On over-burdened occupancy, the CAG report said in 2015 that the complex houses on an average 970 inmates against its designed capacity of 350. In the backdrop of 57 deaths that occurred in the complex during 2009-10, a ministerial committee recommended (February 2010) immediate de-congestion of these homes. Again, a decision was taken in the chief minister’s meeting (February 2011) to shift the inmates of the Asha Kiran Homes to Beggar Homes at Lampur on urgent basis.
But concrete steps were not taken by the department for decongestion of the complex, except constructing two 80 bedded dormitories in the complex and shifting of 186 inmates to other 21 assembling of mechanical and electrical goods, cutting and tailoring, binding and packaging work etc.
The department stated (March 2015) that three new homes are under construction for mentally challenged persons, at Narela, Hari Nagar and Vasant Kunj. The fact remains that a total of 148 deaths occurred during 2009-14, indicating slackness on the part of the Department towards decongestion of the Asha Kiran complex, said the CAG report.
On availability of ambulance, audit observed that only one ambulance for 24 hours and two patient carrying vehicles for office hours were available during 2013-14 for 949 residents of the complex, out of which 469 were severely and profoundly mentally retarded. Due to non-availability of ambulance, on 8,607 occasions, patients/inmates were carried to different hospitals by auto rickshaws, cycle rickshaws etc. In its reply, the department stated (March 2015) that MoU had been signed (September 2014) with CATS for providing ambulance services, whenever required.
There were 215 staff against the sanctioned posts of 260, with a shortage of 45 in the complex. Keeping in view the actual strength of inmates in the complex, the actual requirement of staff is 502, as worked out by the department.
Consequent upon a joint visit report (October 2012) on Asha Kiran Complex by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) and the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) which pointed high prevalence of malnourishment, skin diseases etc., the governing council of the complex in its meeting (January 2013), discussed and decided that a nutritious diet to the inmates was important. Audit observed that despite these observations and decisions, there was no dietician available in the complex to monitor the quantity and quality of diet provided to the residents of the complex.
How much time do Indians spend talking on phone? It is on average 761 minutes per month, according to a new report from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). The telecom regulator released its report, titled ‘The Indian Telecom Services Performance Indicators: July-Septemb
Renowned cardiologist Dr Ramakanta Panda has said that the pandemic has exposed the inadequacy of existing healthcare systems and it is wrong to draw comparisons with Korea, a country with the population equal to that of a single Indian state. While speaking to Kailashnath Adhikari, MD, Gove
The committee of experts appointed by the supreme court to deliberate with the stakeholders on the new farm laws held its first meeting here Tuesday, with one of its members saying that all stakeholders, including individual farmers, will be heard. Hearing a petition on the farm laws enacted
The nationwide vaccination campaign launched Saturday, the largest such exercise in the world, has started setting new benchmarks, with vaccines administered to 2,24,301 beneficiaries in the first two days. “India has vaccinated the highest number of persons on Day1 under its COVID19 v
The Maharashtra government has announced a spending of Rs 2,500 crore annually to develop infrastructure of state-owned distribution company Mahavitaran (MSEDCL). Out of the total amount, Rs 1,500 crore will be spent on energisation of conventional agriculture pumps and Rs 1,000 crore
India on Saturday began the massive vaccination drive against Covid-19, as prime minister Narendra Modi paid tributes the ‘corona warriors’. “Such a vaccination drive at such a massive scale was never conducted in history. There are over 100 countries having less than 3 cro