8 women, minor missing from shelter home : Sisodia suspends WCD officials
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has suspended two senior officials of the Women and Child Development Department over missing of eight women and a minor girl from a shelter home in east Delhi
New Delhi: Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has suspended two senior officials of the Women and Child Development Department over missing of eight women and a minor girl from a shelter home in east Delhi.
The action has been taken after the matter was raised by the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW), which is also demanding that the case be transferred to Delhi Police's Crime Branch to ensure a high-level investigation into the matter.
Delhi Police has registered an FIR on Sunday in the matter.
In the letter, Sisodia said the Department of Women and Child Development has "failed" in its duty to provide a safe and secure environment for the women and the minor who were placed under protection of the state. He also said that the matter is "extremely serious" and it raises a "serious doubt" on the intention of the officers of the Department of Women and Child Development.
"In view of the same, it is directed that the district officer, northeast, WCD and Superintendent, SAG Home are immediately placed under suspension and their charge is given to competent and sensitive officers," the letter said.
The DCW, in a statement, claimed that the missing of these girls from Sanskar Ashram at Dilshad Garden was found after six months on Sunday, following which the case was registered.
The DCW alleged that they were victims of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation and also claimed that brothel owners might have kidnapped them in "connivance with the Home authorities".
The women rights body demanded that the matter be probed thoroughly and said they are writing to Delhi Police, recommending transfer of the case to the Crime Branch so that immediate action is taken on the matter, the statement said.