Target: Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, India
Goal: Severely punish staff at detention center for alleged sexual abuse, discrimination and human rights violations.
The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) reportedly found that female detainees are being subjected to discrimination and sexual abuse at the Beggar Home. This establishment is used as a detainee center where women who need to be immediately repatriated to their native country are kept. During an inspection at the center, the women claimed that when they arrive at the Home, the staff conducts “physical checks of their private parts.” The DCW report stated that this practice is severely demeaning and “it may leave a scar on their minds.” It also noted the fact that the practice “may be a form of sexual abuse.”
According to Swati Maliwal, the Chief of the DCW, the foreign detainees are discriminated against because the majority of them are “African blacks.” The commission, which has conducted surprise visits to the Home over the past month, reported several malpractices and human rights violations. The commission noted that despite repeated requests to make adequate security arrangements, such as installing scanners and metal detectors, there’s been no efforts to do so. If such technology was utilized, there would be no reason to physically check the detainees’ private parts, and ultimately, the sexually abusive practices wouldn’t be so rampant. Other problems cited in the report include serving the detainees unhygienically cooked food and failing to provide basic essentials like mattresses, potable water and clothing.
It is absolutely deplorable that the alleged discrimination and sexually abusive practices have been allowed to be committed against these women. Please add your signature to the petition below to demand that the human rights violations that are allegedly occurring at Beggar Home be stopped immediately, and the officers involved in any wrongdoing be severely punished.
Dear Deputy Chief Minister Sisodia,
The Delhi Commission for Women reportedly found several incidences of malpractice and human rights violations at the Beggar Home. The staff reportedly subjected the female detainees to discrimination and physical checks of their private parts.
We are disgusted that such unacceptable human rights violations have been allowed to go on at this place. We, the undersigned, demand that the sexually abusive practices be stopped immediately, and the officers involved in any wrongdoing be fired and severely punished if found guilty.
[Your Name Here]
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