Gandhi Vanita Ashram CCTV scandal and DLSA actions in Jalandhar

Jalandhar, April 25, 2014, (Indilens Web Team): District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) secretary Rana Kanwar Deep Kaur, civil judge (senior division), and two other member advocates of the authority Navjot Kaur Sidhu and Harleen Kaur raided Gandhi Vanita Ashram on Thursday evening.

Gandhi Vanita Ashram CCTV scandal and DLSA actions in Jalandhar

Gandhi Vanita Ashram CCTV scandal and DLSA actions in Jalandhar
Victims and DLSA officials: Image credit: yespunjab

The girls alleged before the judges that the caretaker staff harassed them and also claimed that they were not getting proper diet and health facilities and that the centre was overpopulated.

They alleged that one of security guards had also slapped a minor girl recently.

Gandhi Vanita Ashram CCTV scandal and DLSA actions in Jalandhar
Victims and DLSA officials: Image credit: yespunjab

“The staff does not even allow us to talk to our families on phone. We are being unnecessarily harassed,” said an inmate.

However, the judge was left shocked when some inmates informed her that CCTVs had even been installed the rooms, violating their privacy. The judge then immediately pulled up the caretakers and ordered them to remove these cameras from the rooms and install it outside.

Gandhi Vanita Ashram CCTV scandal and DLSA actions in Jalandhar
Victims and DLSA officials: Image credit: yespunjab

The building of Vanita Ashram Children’s Home houses 96 girls at many in-built centres including Children’s Home (Short Stay Home), in Gandhi Vanita Ashram Senior Secondary School, Children’s Home for Girls and others.

The inspecting team also took recordings of the CCTVs with them as part of the investigation.
Gandhi Vanita Ashram CCTV scandal and DLSA actions in Jalandhar
Victims and DLSA officials: Image credit: yespunjab

“I am shocked at the state of affairs here and will send a report to the higher authorities, the administration and other departments concer ned,” the judge said.

Input source: HT Media Ltd.