Why did 11 Asha Kiran home inmates die, HC asks AAP govt

Sawati-maliwalActivism DCW has become a cause of embarrassment for Kejriwal Government in Delhi. Now, AAP government has to inform Delhi High Court about the reasons behind the death of 11 patients at Asha Kiran – a home for mentally challenged persons.

High Court has asked AAP government and the concerned authorities to file a status report on steps they have taken in the matter so far about the before April 19.

The issue came to light after a surprise inspection earlier this month by the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) which found the inhabitants living in extremely inhumane and unhygienic conditions. The DCW had claimed that it had found that 11 patients had died in the facility in the last two months.

After this, a PIL was filed that sought an investigation into the reasons for the alleged disappearance of around 250 inmates. It also urged the court to order registration of FIRs against the erring officials on the basis of the post-mortem reports of the bodies.

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Highlighting severely unsanitary conditions and overcrowding at the home, the petitioner in his plea said the court should take steps to stop such incidents, including its inmates going missing and not being traced till date.

On hearing the PIL, the bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra said, asking the counsel for the Delhi government to inform it about the reasons behind such incidents, including the disappearance of about 250 inmates from there since 2001.

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