Les Miserables

Being a Les Miserables myself one can easily spot one in the crowd of people and nearly every single day come across old destitute standing at some dhaba looking at the food no courage to even ask for some one has to literally ask them even then some are so broken to accept but the amazing part is the dhaba owners in some cases provide them food and those Parantha walla rehris are there to provide a meal these are heroes of unsaid charity daily and salute them , they are last resort of these starving destitute on the streets of Delhi .

Dont have the figure for how many homeless died this summer as one says the news on such things has been mute maybe Dilip Cherian and his slimy PR is working in devious ways to keep bad news off the charts but we are on it ,bad news is that underside of the flyovers have been beautified and lit and no more ren baseras but they were becoming a menace – the government needs to check these gangs of Gypsies most of whom are terribly talented and sell beautiful crafted stuff but then there are these sinister ones who have occupied prime junctions on the road and dont let anyone else beg and drive out any one who tries , seen old destitute whose only source was this begging for living driven out and even the transgenders complained to me that these Banjaras are attacking and driving them away .

The center has done a wonderful humane thing to decriminalize begging but is organised gangs which are into child trafficking and other rackets have taken over the crossings and come winter they will put children with little or no clothes to beg , those who really need to beg and stay alive are being kicked out to die and these criminals who incidentally one has seen come in three wheelers to the location have taken over , there are these rag picking children who atleast are making a effort in whatever way , why should these criminals be allowed to run a begging mafia , these are the ones who need to be locked up they hijacked the ren basera under Nehru Place flyover and some were caught in very recent case of robberies in Kailash Colony or Sant Nagar , these people are giving all Banjaras a bad name and those who really need to beg dont .

2016 November – lots of people lost their lives this summer and there was statistic which showed that things were far worse under Mr Kejriwal this summer than under Mrs Sheila Dixit – on an average 10 homeless die on the streets of Delhi under Mr Kejriwal and more will die during winters if no action is taken now and it will really show how heartless this government is towards the poor and homeless – much is expected from you on this front specially for the care of these on the edge of existence and hopefully this winter one doesnt see the same incompetence and blame game which one saw last year and DUSIB is prepared .

2016

Don’t know how many poor homeless would have died this winter from the winter cold / but one did come across many who were literally on the edge and one was left terribly disturbed as to what their fate might be – there are little children roaming barefeet in the winter cold and burning some small fire to keep warm or these rag picker children sniffing glue or petrol to keep going – it’s just inhuman what is going on in the streets and these were snapshots from posh areas of South Delhi not Sangam Vihar or even worse some slum one just shudders and feels deeply disturbed at our collective apathy and being so self absorbed in our little existence without a care for these people on the streets and worst is that some of them are innocent children . Lord have compassion and mercy on them for they need you .

Though was glad the Raain Baseras were back at Mehrauli and Nehru place flyover .

 

2015

a  lot needs to be done , the homeless are in a very vulnerable situation at the moment and the cold is only going to get worse and as far one can see there is very little being done for them and there will be many deaths due cold and it is totally unacceptable if that shall happen , because one expects a lot more from this government on this front . 

 

Mr Kejriwal where are the ‘ren basera’ shelter for the homeless this year,its winters already , do something quick, will hold you responsible for homeless deaths due to the cold .

its-winters-already-do-something-quick-willhttp://cjr7.com/mr-kejriwal-where-are-ran-basera-shelter-for-the-homeless-this-year-hold-you-responsible-for-homeless-deaths-due-to-cold/

 

No shelter for the homeless

http://cjr7.com/no-shelter-for-the-homeless/

 

WATCH A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT HOW SLEEP IS SOLD IN DELHI

 

http://cjr7.com/watch-a-documentary-about-how-sleep-is-sold-in-delhi/

Now thats a great idea , app to track and rescue the helpless

http://cjr7.com/now-thats-a-great-idea-app-to-track-and-rescue-the-helpless/

As chill grows, hint of hope for homeless

http://cjr7.com/as-chill-grows-hint-of-hope-for-homeless/

27 feb 2015

Delhi has become a hub for human trafficking – govt needs to stern steps to curb it

last summer there were many heat wave related deaths – this piece of news should shock the citizens of the city and should have been major headline news   –  http://cjr7.com/five-days-of-heat-wave-in-delhi-130-people-dead-on-the-streets/ - hopefully nothing of this sort happens this season .

 

December 2014

winters are here and what are the provisions for the destitute , the shelters under the flyovers were dismantled ,hopefully provisions are being made for them because it gets really bad in winter for them ,some of them dont even have shoes or proper clothing and freeze to death ,this simply cannot be allowed in a prosperous city like Delhi with the highest per capita among states in the country ,

the issue of human trafficking , despite the current limelight on the issue is still a area of major concern and the situation is still very bad as demonstrated by Jhanavi kidnapping case as to how rampant and blatant this racket is and thriving with impunity .

 

1 August 2014

Already thanked the governor and government for the shelter for homeless women and much more can be done still there are a lot of old men and also in serious conditions of destitution and again it is the same problem of mental illness and they are often literally on the edge there needs to be some sort of refuge for them and the police should be alerted if some of them are wandering suffering from alzheimer’s many are from Delhi itself and sometimes just wander around lost and land up in a terrible condition .

As regards children it is very disturbing because they are in the clutches of these organised begging gangs operating all over and the worst part is the police and government haven’t taken any measures to curb their activities and what is worse everyone knows these gangs of people who are using children for begging and they are the same ones who are also involved in trafficking of children the worst is they put them through such torture to make them beg in winter they make them go barefoot  how can this be allowed and they are still operating with impunity one wonders why .

the issue of trafficking despite Delhi police having made a lot of efforts Delhi remains a hub of human trafficking .

 

 

 

Delhi police here has done some good work and made efforts at curbing human trafficking but there is so much to be done .

As regards the homeless and destitutes major policy decisions can be only taken once there is a effective elected government in place , issues of slums and redevelopment . The issues of exploitation of slums by slum lords , the case from Masoodpur slum which got burnt down and revealed the exploitation going on over there .

 

Five days of heat wave in Delhi. 130 people dead on the streets

Source – Scroll
Could the heat wave have led to a spike in the deaths of the homeless poor?
 A heat wave hit Delhi on June 6, sending temperatures soaring above 45 degree Celsius. As the temperatures rose, so did the number of unidentified bodies found on the streets. In the five days that the heat wave lasted, 130 unidentified people died – an average of 26 deaths a day.

On an average, eight unidentified people die on Delhi’s streets every day around the year. Most of them are men of working age. Homeless and poor, they often die in their sleep. Their bodies are picked up by the police in the morning and cremated after a few days if they remain unclaimed. While such deaths often hit the headlines in the winter, data for the last three years shows that they actually peak in the summer and during the rains.The last time Delhi saw a sustained spike in the deaths was in the closing days of June 2012. In 12 days, 369 unidentified bodies were found, an average of 30 deaths a day. It is unclear if the city had witnessed a heat wave, an outbreak of disease, or any other abnormal occurrence during that period.This summer, there is a sharp correlation between a rise in temperatures and a rise in deaths on the streets. While it might not be possible to draw definite conclusions, since the cause of the deaths is not recorded in the police database, it is plausible that the unprecedented and unrelenting heat might have played a role in the increased mortality. As Scroll.in reported earlier, a study on the heat wave in Ahmedabad in May 2010 found that deaths that month were 43% higher than for the same period in 2009 and 2011.

 

 

 

Three homeless men found dead in Connaught Place

 

New Delhi:
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
Anger over power cuts in the capital boiled over into violence on Wednesday morning as a few hundred residents of Bhajanpura in northeast Delhi, protesting against a nightlong outage in the area, clashed with police and set fire to a DTC bus. The residents, who had taken to the streets around midnight demanding restoration of power, had to be dispersed by force after they pelted stones at cops and took to arson. They wanted power officials to reach the area immediately, saying they had gone without electricity for 10-12 hours. “We could not even switch on pumps for water,” said a resident. Around 1.30am, the protesters attacked vehicles as frustration mounted. Three people were arrested for damaging a bus and a car. As the heatwave kept its grip on the city, bodies of three homeless men were found in the busy Connaught Place area of central Delhi.While the cause of death will be known only after a postmortem is conducted, the state of two of the three bodies indicated that these men died unattended during the night. The heatwave may have hastened their end.Amidst all this, the homeless at Hanuman Mandir are living under constant fear of being removed. The police have launched a drive against encroachers here and the homeless are fearing the worst.With thousands of homeless persons living under the open sky on the streets of Delhi, the deaths yet again drive home the need for a homeless policy. Sunil Kumar Aledia from the NGO Centre for Holistic said that all these bodies were found by teams of social workers on Wednesday.A body of a man aged around 32 years, identified as Chotu, was found behind the Emporium Estate building in Connaught Place. Anotherbody of an unidentified man aged around 42 was discovered underneath Minto Bridge at Barakhamba Metro station while the third was found at the Palika parking park, opposite gate no. 2 of Palika Bazar.A team of TOI reporters did a reality check to assess the situation on the ground. “Whatever I earn goes in getting water and food, and this heat is too much to bear. I am praying for the rain as soon as possible,” said Mala (30), a balloon seller.read more at –  http://epaperbeta.timesofindia.com/Article.aspx?eid=31808&articlexml=Three-homeless-men-found-dead-in-Connaught-Place-12062014004006

 

Freed from brothel, girls want to ink new chapter

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Freed-from-brothel-girls-want-to-ink-new-chapter/articleshow/34649682.cms

 

Minors tricked into child labour in Delhi return home to Odisha

http://www.dnaindia.com/analysis/report-minors-tricked-into-child-labour-in-delhi-return-home-to-odisha-1984939

 

Taxi driver helps bust child trafficking racket

Via The Hindu

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT

45-year-old rag-picker arrested forcing boy and girl to beg

A taxi driver at the Bangalore City Railway Station helped child helpline volunteers bust a child trafficking racket, leading to the arrest of a 45-year-old rag-picker.

The rag-picker had allegedly kept a 15-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy in his captivity and reportedly forced them to beg for him.

Following the taxi driver’s tip-off, a team of volunteers from BOSCO childline swung into action on Saturday and found the boy begging at the railway station’s taxi stand.

The boy initially told the volunteers he was living with his parents and was begging since his father was ill.

The sceptical volunteers traced Raju, a rag-picker sitting in a corner of the railway station along with a 15-year-old girl.

InquiryRaju claimed that the girl was his wife, but a detailed inquiry by the officials of the human trafficking unit and Railway Protection Force exposed the racket.

During the conversation with the children, the girl said she was around 15 years and was from a slum in Kalyan in Mumbai.

The girl said she was a high school dropout and worked as a domestic help until she was lured by Raju in Mumbai 18 months ago.

Raju promised big money and the two went to Rajasthan. Once there, Raju forced her to beg and allegedly abused her when she did not.

“Whenever the girl tried to escape, he would torture her and insist she was his wife,” the girl told the officials.

RunawayRaju would move from one place to another, and during a visit to Delhi, they found the 12-year-old runaway boy from Uttar Pradesh.

Raju forced the boy to work for him and the three landed in Bangalore.

The boy said he ran away from home a year ago since his parents used to beat him. He met Raju last month in Delhi. Raju took him along promising to get a job and later forced him to beg.

The children have been referred to the Child Welfare Committee and have contacted their counterparts in Kalyan and Uttar Pradesh, seeking their help to trace the victims’ family, Executive Director of BOSCO, Fr. P.S. George said.

Judicial custodyThe Anti Human Trafficking unit officials arrested Raju and produced him before the court, which remanded him in judicial custody.

 

 

 

 

Born in Bengal, ‘sold’ in Delhi

- MP maid abuse charge swivels glare on trafficking from east

IMRAN AHMED SIDDIQUI
Dhananjay Singh, Jagriti

New Delhi, Nov. 7: Some 55,000 women and girls trafficked from Bengal are working as maids in Delhi, many of them “sold as bonded labourers” to wealthy households where they slog for ungodly hours without pay and are often tortured or sexually abused.

More than half these women are minors — many as young as 10 — who are duped with promises of a better life and brought to the capital by “scouts” appointed in Bengal by Delhi-based illegal placement agencies.

The dismal picture was painted by Delhi police, government officials and NGOs whom The Telegraphspoke to after an MP and his wife were arrested here on the charge of abusing two maids from Bengal.

Rakhi Bhadra, who has died allegedly of torture by Jagriti, wife of Bahujan Samaj Party MP Dhananjay Singh, had been “sold” to her employers for Rs 1.2 lakh about ten months ago by a south Delhi-based placement agency, a police officer said.

“The MP paid the money to the agency. Rakhi was confined to the ground floor and forced to slog in subhuman conditions. She was never paid any wages; she was only provided two meals a day,” the officer said.

Rakhi had come from Rabindranagar in Dum Dum. Meena Sardar, 37, also a resident of North 24-Parganas, was sold by the same agency to the MP but the amount is unknown, the officer said. Meena is in hospital for her injuries, suffered allegedly at the hands of her employers.

Police raids are on to arrest the people running the agency, deputy commissioner S.B.S. Tyagi said.

Children in demand

Rishi Kant of Shakti Vahini, an NGO working for the rehabilitation of trafficked children, said girls aged between 10 and 15 were “the most in demand” for maids’ jobs in Delhi.

He accused the government of not doing enough. “The capital has become the country’s child-trafficking hub. The government should regulate the placement agencies, enforce the law against child labour and form a task force to curb this racket,” he said.

Kant alleged that most of the illegal placement agencies paid a monthly bribe to the local police station.

Raj Mangal Prasad, former chairperson of the Delhi government’s child welfare committee, said more than 2,000 illegal placement agencies operated in the capital.

“Their hired scouts travel to remote areas of Bengal and Jharkhand (which accounts for 50,000 maids in Delhi) and promise young girls a better life and a fixed monthly income which would allow them to send money back home,” Prasad said.

“They bring these girls here to work as bonded labourers, who are tortured and even sexually abused by their employers. Some of the girls are rescued by the police and NGOs and a few manage to flee, but most of them have no choice but to work as virtual slaves their whole lives.”

An official at the Delhi government’s social welfare department said the administration had made it mandatory for all placement agencies to be registered under the Shops and Establishment Act, but there was hardly any mechanism in place to monitor compliance.

Tyagi said all police stations had been asked to compile a list of placement agencies in their areas.

“We are also appealing to people to report to us if they come across children working as domestic help in their locality.”

18-month ordeal

In August last year, the child welfare committee had asked the police to crack down on illegal placement agencies after hearing the plight of two minor girls trafficked from Jalpaiguri in Bengal.

The police had rescued the girls, both of whom had been forced to work without pay by clients of Astha Placement Agency in Delhi. The agency’s three co-owners — Rajesh, Ashish and Ranvir — were arrested.

One of the Jalpaiguri girls was duped by an acquaintance from her village and brought to the agency. She worked for over a year and a half at several houses, slogging from 8am to 11pm without pay. A probe suggested she had been raped by one of her employers.

The other girl was trafficked to Delhi on May 30 and forced to work with the first girl. The child welfare committee asked Astha’s owners to pay Rs 60,000 to the first girl and Rs 5,500 to the second.

When welfare committee officials went through the agency’s register, they were shocked to see the list of girls it had allegedly trafficked from Bengal and supplied to homes in Delhi as maids.

“The agency had also sent some to neighbouring states like Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan. We directed the police’s crime branch to probe the case and rescue the girls,” Prasad said.

A probe has revealed that agency co-owner Ranvir was a vegetable seller but had made enough money from the racket to be able to own two flats in Delhi.

“He was from Cooch Behar in Bengal and had his scouts in several areas of the state,” a crime branch officer said.

Delhi is ‘hub’ of human trafficking in India by FP Staff Oct 18, 2013 #Bonded labour #Delhi #Flesh trade #forced marriage #Human trafficking #Prostitution #Slavery #United Nations inShare 2 CommentsEmailPrint Close on the heels of reports that India accounts for half of the world’s 30 million slaves, comes further reports which state that Delhi has become a “hub” for the Indian human trafficking trade. Representational image of human trafficking. Reuters image According to a video posted on Yahoo!, New Delhi has become a hub in the illegal trade of young girls being sold into prostitution, forced marriage and domestic labour. This is not the first time that the capital has come under the radar for human trafficking. In August of this year, a report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime ( UNODC), titled ‘Current Status of Victim Service Providers and Criminal Justice Actors in India 2013′ documented how Delhi is one of the emerging hubs and transit points for trafficking. The report highlighted how girls are often kept in remote locations in the NCR, especially by people from tribes like Bedia, Nat and Kanjar, who sell them once they attain puberty. ”The demand for children for domestic work is very high in Delhi. Delhi is emerging as a destination and transit point and it also has a sizeable number of missing children,” said Ravi Kant, Supreme Court advocate and a principal author of the report, to the Times of India. Reports earlier this week had stated how almost half the number of the world’s enslaved are in India, where slavery ranges from bonded labour in quarries and kilns to commercial sex exploitation, although the scourge exists in all 162 countries surveyed by Walk Free, an Australia-based rights group. Concerned over the prevalence of bonded labour in the country, the government has decided to initiate massive programmes to rehabilitate and provide alternative livelihood for people living in conditions of modern-day slavery. Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said that initially 10 critically vulnerable districts have been taken up to rehabilitate bonded labourers through the Centre’s ambitious National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM). The ten districts are Gaya in Bihar, Bastar and Kondagaon in Chattisgarh, Prakasam and Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh, Kanchipuram and Vellore in Tamil Nadu, Bolangir and Bargarh in Odisha and Gumla in Jharkhand. “We are going to take up these ten districts. We will locate the bonded labourers there, get surveys done, rehabilitate them and create conditions for alternative livelihood,” Ramesh told PTI.

Read more at: http://www.firstpost.com/india/delhi-is-hub-of-human-trafficking-in-india-1180501.html?utm_source=ref_article

 

Delhi’s homeless struggle in near-freezing temperatures as cold spell sweeps India

By India Correspondent Stephanie March

Updated Fri 10 Jan 2014, 8:42am AEDT

At least 100 people have been killed in a cold spell sweeping across India, and near freezing temperatures in the capital are making life almost impossible for people living on the streets.

But as Stephanie March discovers, helping the city’s homeless isn’t a straightforward task.

Sitting on a tarpaulin and covered in blankets, 12-year-old Gobind massages his sick mother’s arms as she shivers in the cold.

Since coming from the impoverished north-Indian state of Uttar Pradesh a year-and-a-half ago, he and his family have been sleeping on the footpath outside the AIIMS hospital in South Delhi because of his mother’s medical condition.

“My mother has a respiratory problem,” he said.

“Even in the winter we have to stay here near the hospital.”

While Gobind watches over his mother, his aunt begins making her bed for the night.

She unfolds several cardboard boxes and lays down on top of them, pulling up two thin blankets to cover her.

Around her people have pulled their blankets up over their faces and heads.

The pavement is littered with brightly-coloured, mummified bodies.

Most of them have come from interstate for medical treatment, but are unable to afford accommodation in the city.

While it’s impossible to know how many people are living on the street in the Indian capital, charity groups say the number is probably around 100,000.

Charity groups say about 100 people have died of exposure in India’s north in the last week.

Bus shelters

In a desperate move to protect the city’s homeless people from the bitterly cold winter the Delhi Government has started using abandoned buses as temporary shelters.

The first of 200 buses to be deployed across the city have been placed outside the AIIMS hospital, 50 metres from Gobind and his family.

He says he tried to get his family on one of buses earlier in the night.

“There is no place to stay there today, they are all filled up,” he said.

Over at the bus an elderly man with a patch over one eye looks longingly through the back passenger door, he moves to walk up the stairs, but the social workers catch him.

“Sorry uncle, it is full,” they tell him.

Ram Shri is one of the lucky ones and has been allocated a spot on the bus.

Until tonight she and her ill brother had been sleeping on the pavement.

“At least in here we are safe from the morning dew,” he said.

“In here, my brother is more relaxed.”

Aid groups have praised the initiative, urging the government to move quickly to mobilise the other available buses.

“It is a very good idea because it is a medium we can provide them a home, a shelter where they can survive in such chilly winds,” said Anam Qayium, a social worker with the NGO, Prerna.

‘Professional beggars’

Helping the homeless in Delhi isn’t always straightforward.

With the buses full, armed with a pile of blankets Anam Qayium and her team head to a nearby traffic island beneath an underpass where a dozen people are sleeping.

They try to convince them to come to stay in their permanent shelter; most refuse, but they happily take the blankets.

Away from the group Anam spots another lump covered in cloth and expects to find a person sleeping underneath, but instead she discovers something else – a pile of brand new, neatly folded blankets – probably given to the beggars by other charities or the government.

Anam says they will probably go and sell them at the market – that they are ‘professional beggars’.

“It is just a medium for them to earn money and they are just misusing what we are giving to them,” she said.

“They are not appreciating it – they are not, you know, thankful to us for what we are doing but they are just taking and taking.”

It’s hard to know in Delhi who is truly needy and who is not, but in this extremely cold weather social workers like Anam are leaving nothing to chance.

She and her team head off with their pile of blankets to find the next group of homeless.

Topics: homelessnessindiaasia

First posted

Delhi HC ‘not happy’ with Kerjiwal govt’s efforts on shelter for homeless

PTI | Jan 27, 2014, 08.09 PM IST

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Delhi government had informed the court that it had acquired seven unused buses for use as temporary night shelters and was planning to procure 20 more.
NEW DELHI: The AAP government was on Monday reprimanded by Delhi high court which said it was “not happy” with its efforts to provide shelter to the homeless in the city while noting its failure to invite NGOs to contribute on the issue.”We are not happy with this. There is no proper way of holding the meetings. Can’t you organize a proper meeting and discuss the issue,” a bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana said.He gave the government four weeks’ time to apprise it about renewed efforts towards securing shelters for the homeless.The bench’s reaction followed a report to it from representatives of a few NGOs that they were not invited to the January 15 meeting called by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on the issue.The bench also directed the government to invite two NGOs – Shahari Adhikar Manch: Begharo ke Sath and Mahilayen Pragati Ki Aur – for meetings on the issues of shelter for the homeless, police brutality against them and their deaths.”There is nothing wrong in taking opinions. Why don’t you invite those who are regularly attending the hearing. Involve these two NGOs and conduct a proper meeting and then come here. We are not happy with this,” it said.The court passed the order during a hearing on the matter of providing shelter to homeless in the national capital. The matter was taken up by the court of its own in 2010.Advocate Reena George also told the court that the government has denied any complaints about police brutality against homeless people even when they themselves have filed such complaints.The bench had on January 9 asked the government to apprise it about its policy for the homeless while seeking data on the number of deaths caused due to the cold wave.Delhi government had at the time informed the court that it had acquired seven unused buses for use as temporary night shelters and was planning to procure 20 more.

 

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