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Delhi: 19 differently-abled senior citizens living in pitiful conditions rescued from old age home

The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on Friday rescued 19 differently-abled senior citizens who were living in insanitary and pitiful conditions in an old age home in Nangloi after a surprise inspection.

DCW chief Swati Maliwal was accompanied by Delhi Women and Child Development Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam on the inspection of the old age home which is run by an NGO after getting information on their plight.

“Around 20 specially-abled senior citizens kept in unhygienic and pitiful conditions. They also complained of being held captive and getting beaten up,” a statement from the DCW read.

Gautam also shared a video on microblogging website Twitter. “In a small room, 19 elderly differently-abled are living miserably at an old age home run by NGO in Nangloi. On notice, Swati Maliwal and I just conducted a surprise inspection. They tie up the elderly and beat them up. Will take strong action against the guilt and will also help to rehabilitate the senior citizens,” the tweet read.

छोटे कमरे में 19 बुज़ुर्ग दिव्यांग दयनीय स्तिथि में नांगलोई में NGO द्वारा संचालित प्राइवेट वृद्धाश्रम में रह रहे हैं। सूचना पर @SwatiJaiHind जी के साथ अभी औचक निरीक्षण किया। बुजुर्गों को बांधकर मार पीट तक करते है। कड़े एक्शन लेंगे व पुनर्वास भी करेंगे।

— Rajendra Pal Gautam (@AdvRajendraPal) July 31, 2020

The senior citizens were found confined in a small room and alleged that they were held captive and beaten up.

No social distancing was maintained in the room and even male and female senior citizens were found on the same bed during the inspection. The toilets were also stinking and the room was smelling. All the senior citizens will now be shifted to some other place.

The minister has ordered immediate action in the matter