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After Dera chief Ram Rahim’s sentencing, DCW writes to PM Modi for regular inspection of ashrams

"The case (of Dera chief) may be reflective of a larger malaise and recommended that strict guidelines and laws be framed and implemented to check illegal activities (if any) in some religious institutions housing women across the country.”

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: September 1, 2017 10:43 am
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Days after Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was convicted in a rape case, Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, recommending regular inspection of ashrams and religious centres housing women.

The DCW also recommended that all such ashrams should be registered with district authorities and a failure to ensure the same should attract strict penal action. In her letter to the prime minister, the DCW chief said, “The case (of Dera chief) may be reflective of a larger malaise and recommended that strict guidelines and laws be framed and implemented to check illegal activities (if any) in some religious institutions housing women across the country.” The recommendation has also come as other shelter homes such as old age homes, children homes are monitored by courts, commissions, welfare bodies and the government.

“It is the need of the hour that safeguards are put in place to ensure that women remain protected in such institutions. All admissions of minors to the religious centres should be monitored by the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) concerned and it should be mandated that all minors are first interviewed and counselled by the CWC in order to ascertain their own consent and awareness for the decision,” recommended Maliwal’s letter.

Maliwal also stressed on putting up hoardings and boards displaying government emergency numbers and helpline numbers, particularly women and child help lines such as 181, inside ashrams and residential centres.

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    Sukhdev Sachdeva
    Sep 9, 2017 at 1:08 pm
    Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal's remarks are appreciable. This exercise with regard to all Religious Places, whether these belong to Hindus or other Religions should be conducted immediately by Centre and all State Governments to avoid any incident like Ram Rahin in future. This should be done on priority.
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    1. Shiva Yadav
      Sep 8, 2017 at 1:12 pm
      aajkal sastra aur bhagwan ka sahara samne wale ke soshad ke liye kiya jaane laga hai isliye sambhalkar chalna hoga
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        vaishali verma
        Sep 1, 2017 at 4:33 pm
        राम रहीम के साथ बंद शख्स आया बाहर, जेल में उसे मिल रही कैसी ‘सुविधाएं’, सब से उठाया पर्दा : /2wolyho #JAIL #NEWS #NEWS TODAY MOMENT #RAM RAHIM CASE #SWADESH KIRAD
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        1. Uday Barad
          Sep 1, 2017 at 2:10 pm
          Looks like Swati Maliwal is confused, she does not know whether she is Delhi Commission for Women chief or India Commission for Women Chief……!!!
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            Hari Dass Sharma
            Sep 1, 2017 at 9:47 am
            Is this only for letter is only for "ashrams" or Madarasa, Church etc included?
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