DCW Chief writes letter to Amit Shah over alleged minor girl’s rape case

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The Delhi Commission for Women on Tuesday wrote a letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah with regard to alleged rape of a minor girl by a Women and Child Development officer of the Delhi Government.

The Commission has ordered an enquiry into the matter and issued a notice to both the Delhi Police and Delhi Government.

On August 21, DCW Chairperson Swati Maliwal visited the private hospital where the girl is presently being treated. She wanted to meet the survivor and her family members to ensure proper assistance, medical treatment, compensation, and legal aid.

However, when she reached the hospital at 11 am yesterday, she was stopped by the authorities from entering the premises, DCW said in a statement.

After several hours of waiting, the hospital authorities brought out a paper which they claimed was written by the mother of the survivor. The said letter was not addressed to anyone and had two lines written which stated that the mother does not wish to interact with anyone, claimed DCW.

DCW chief in her letter has raised several issues of concern in the matter. For instance, the signed letter was shared with press by the hospital authorities which amounts to revealing the identity of the survivor.

Also, DCW has stated that since this a private hospital, the authorities cannot be trusted blindly and that’s why the she requested the hospital authorities to allow her to meet with the girl or her mother.

Further, after the letter was shown to the press by the hospital authorities, the NCPCR Chairperson was taken inside the hospital by the Delhi Police and made to interact with the survivor’s mother, claimed DCW statement.

In her letter to Union Home Minister, DCW Chief has requested him to intervene in the matter and direct authorities to allow her to meet the survivor or her mother.

She has also asked Amit Shah to shift the survivor urgently to AIIMS for her better treatment and care and if the survivor and her family do not want to be shifted to AIIMS, a team of doctors from AIIMS should be sent to examine the survivor and oversee her treatment, the statement said.

She has also requested to set-up an enquiry into the delay by Delhi Police in ensuring arrests in the matter. Swati has also asked to fix accountability of concerned authorities, it added.

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