DCW takes stock of old age homes, issues notice

New Delhi, Oct 25 (IANS) The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on Tuesday sent notices to Department of Social Welfare (DSW) and to senior police officials and sought a report on the shortage of old age homes in the national capital.

The DCW also wanted to know the reason for the shortage, pending proposals for new ones, if any, and asked about the steps taken by them to ensure the safety of senior citizens, especially women.

According to the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007, it is mandatory for DSW to establish at least one old age home in each district. DCW observed that the number of old age homes was less than what it should be, which is 150.

Notice was also issued to each district’s Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), demanding information and the status of investigation of crimes against senior citizens and steps taken to prevent such crimes, for the month of June 2016.

Among the information sought from the DCPs, the DCW sought the number of senior citizens living in their area, volunteer committees for each police station, and offences reported against senior citizens, among others.

The Delhi Commission for Women Act, 1994 mandates the DCW to investigate and examine all matters relating to the safeguards provided for women under the Constitution and give recommendations to the government on the issue of women’s safety.

DCW has demanded that the information from both be submitted by November 10.