Delhi: 50 kids with no place to go after night shelter is demolished

CM Arvind Kejriwal tweeted: “V sad. Del govt's shelter home demolished. Women, children rendered homeless. They r being shifted to another shelter home.”

Written by Somya Lakhani | New Delhi | Published:May 20, 2017 4:05 am
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In her 75 years, Dilbari has lost her home thrice — first, when she got married as a teenager; then last year when her son threw her out on the streets; and finally on Thursday when the shelter home where she lived was demolished by the Delhi Development Authority.

Along with her, 50 children and 15-20 women have been rendered homeless. The shelter, opposite the Nizamuddin dargah, was run by NGOs SPYM and Wishes and Blessings Foundation. “The children have been temporarily put up in a room at a permanent shelter for de-addiction. There was no choice, we couldn’t let them stay on the road. But I couldn’t sleep last night, it’s such a safety hazard,” said Dr Geetanjali Chopra, director, Wishes and Blessings Foundation.

Ten-year-old Jaaved said he was having lunch with the other children, when officials walked in and asked them to leave. “This was my home, I have lost my home. What do I do now?” he asked, his face and clothes covered in dust.

Seated next to him on the pavement on Friday afternoon was 55-year-old Rabbiya. “I had just stepped in for a shower… By the time I got out, bulldozers were waiting outside. I didn’t even have time to collect my belongings. Now we are back on the road. We are scared of sleeping in the open.”

Chopra said ever since her NGO got involved with the shelter, it has been spruced up.

“I know there was a court order for removal of the Nizamuddin basti but this shelter wasn’t part of it. We were assured by the DDA several times that nothing would happen to the shelter. But it was demolished on Thursday. DUSIB has assured us that a temporary structure will be built in the next 15 days,” she said.

CM Arvind Kejriwal tweeted: “V sad. Del govt’s shelter home demolished. Women, children rendered homeless. They r being shifted to another shelter home.”

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    rajan
    May 20, 2017 at 8:01 am
    Neither the government does anything to reduce burgeoning population nor it is interested in welfare of the poor. Yet it continues to brag about a PM who cares for them. Every day thousands of poor are rendered homeless by high-handed approach of the governments across the country yet no one bats an eyelid. We are planning Smart cities, Bullet trains & lakhs of crores of investment in such projects for the elite. Is this lopsided development helping the ma ss es. No. So, where is the much touted Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas? All media hype with little to show on the ground. It's sad that cla-ss disparities are on the rise with the rich or even the middle cl least concerned about the indigent. Modi must remember that when he sings, the hungry hear him with their stomach. He is busy feeding the over-abundant yet shamelessly continues to pat his own back for his non-existent love for the poor. Delhi government, which actually appears to be concerned about the needy, is constantly berated.
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