In a government home in West Delhi, at least 10 girls have alleged that the staff would molest them, forcibly inject them with unexplained drugs, and beat them into submission if they resisted.
The government home was created as a haven for rape survivors and women rescued from the streets, human traffickers, and brothels. In a statement to the police, two girls alleged that they were molested by the officials, and another girl said that she was starved for days because she accused a member of the staff of torturing her. The girls have also accused the officials of injecting them with medicines, which were allegedly stimulating premature growth.
A source told Hindustan Times, “The girls were allegedly given an Oxytocin-type substance that stimulates changes in their body. Police conducted a medical examination of syringe marks and registered a case. The officials are being questioned.”
Unknown to everyone else, this cruelty continued unchecked for months. One of the girls finally wrote to the Delhi Legal Services Authority in the first week of April, revealing what was really going on. Nine other girls sent similar complaints, which led the authorities to alert the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW).
The DCW chief Swati Maliwal visited the home on April 8, and wrote to police commissioner Amulya Patnaik, telling him that the girls told her team what was really happening at the shelter. Maliwal also mentioned in her complaint that the officials locked the door and refused to let her enter when she tried to visit the girls a second time.
The police registered an FIR on April 16, and charged the officials who ran the shelter with criminal intimidation, causing harm by poisoning, criminal conspiracy and laws under the juvenile justice care and protection act.