The girls were also forced to wash utensils and clothes, clean rooms and toilets, and perform other kitchen chores, as the shelter home did not have adequate staff.
New Delhi: A shocking case of rampant physical and mental abuse of minor girls in a privately run shelter home in Delhi has surfaced after the inmates narrated their ordeal to an expert committee of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) which conducted a surprise inspection there.
According to the inmates of the shelter home the staff there used to torture them for any sort of defiant behaviour from the children.
Speaking to the DCW Committee on Friday, the girls aged 6-15 alleged that they were made to consume chilli powder and the same was put in their private parts by the female staff there as punishment.
Not just the abuse, the girls were also forced to do household chores there including washing utensils and clothes, clean rooms and toilets, and perform other kitchen chores.
The girls also alleged that there was only one cook in the home for the 22 girls and staff, and the quality of food was not good.
The teenage girls complained that they were beaten with scales for not keeping their rooms clean and not listening to the staff. They were not permitted to go home during summer and winter vacations.
Taking note of the abuses, DCW chief Swati Maliwal also visited the shelter home and asked Dwarka deputy commissioner of police, to sent a team of senior officers to recorded statements of the children. A complaint has been registered by the Delhi Police against the staff, the DCW said.
Additionally, a team of DCW counsellors as well as police have been deputed in the home 24/7 to ensure the safety of the children.