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Surprise inspection by DCW reveals the horrific conditions at Delhi government's Asha Kiran – home for the mentally ill
In the early hours of Saturday and Sunday, the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) conducted a surprise inspection of Delhi government's Asha Kiran – home for the mentally ill.

The surprise inspection revealed the inhuman conditions in which mentally ill patients including women and children were living at the home. The women patients were found to be walking naked in the corridors that have CCTV surveillance monitored by male staff. Moreover, to everyone's horror, the women were made to strip naked in the open before being allowed to take a bath. 

It was also found that the home lacked basic facilities like the availability of wheelchairs and attendants, which meant that the patients who were unable to walk had to crawl to the toilet. But their ordeal did not end there, as the toilet floor was filled with urine, excreta and menstrual blood.

Chief of DCW, Swati Maliwal, who conducted the surprise inspection at Asha Kiran in Delhi, has also questioned the 11 unreported deaths of mentally ill patients at the home. She has also asked for complete medical records of the patients residing there.


The children at the home are compelled to sleep on the floor during winters by the staff so that they don't have to clean their mess. During the inspection, patients were seen massaging staff member's legs, while a few were busy sweeping the house. At one of the dorms, there is only 1 staff member for 153 residents, said the DCW spokesperson.

The commission has issued a notice to the secretary, social welfare of the Delhi government and asked for a response within 72 hours, according to reports. It is not the for first time that such an incident has come to light. The Delhi High Court had asked in 2012, `Are they cattle?' But the horrors at Asha Kiran still continue unabated.

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