On Friday (July 31, 2020) the Delhi Commission for Women conducted a surprise inspection at an old-age home in Nangloi where they found 19 senior citizens of different abilities living in pitiable conditions.
DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal and Delhi Minister of Women and Child Development Rajendra Pal Gautam attended the surprise check.
According to a statement from the DCW, “About 20 senior citizens with special skills kept in unhygienic and pitiful conditions, and also complained that they were being held hostage and beaten up.”
The inspection was carried out after the panel received information on the people ‘s condition in the old age home run by an NGO.
In a tweet in Hindi, Delhi Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam wrote about the surprise inspection and the insanitary incidents of the old-age home inmates. His rough tweet translated to: “In a small room, 19 differently capable elderly people live miserably in an old-age home run by NGO in Nangloi. On note, Swati Maliwal and I just conducted a surprise inspection. They bind the elderly and beat them up. Will take strict action against the guilt and also help rehabilitate the elderly.”
छोटे कमरे में 19 बुज़ुर्ग दिव्यांग दयनीय स्तिथि में नांगलोई में NGO द्वारा संचालित प्राइवेट वृद्धाश्रम में रह रहे हैं।
सूचना पर @SwatiJaiHind जी के साथ अभी औचक निरीक्षण किया। बुजुर्गों को बांधकर मार पीट तक करते है। कड़े एक्शन लेंगे व पुनर्वास भी करेंगे। pic.twitter.com/GLcdD15U70
— Rajendra Pal Gautam (@AdvRajendraPal) July 31, 2020
The conditions were unhealthy and unsanitary, the rooms were smelly and the toilets were also stinking. Male and female senior citizens were found on the same bed, no social distancing rules were maintained.