New Delhi: Delhi Commission for Women chairperson Swati Maliwal Jaihind visited the brothels at GB Road late night on Sunday along with other members of the commission Fraheen Mullick, Promila Gupta, Sarika Chaudhary and SHO (Kamla Market) Dinesh Kumar Sharma.
The commission, which wanted to understand the ground reality of the area, was shocked to see that each brothel was thronged by hundreds of drunk boys, several of them in their early teens. Upon interacting with them, the commission learnt that many boys visiting these brothels were students belonging to some of the best universities in Delhi.
The area was rife with criminal activities – attacks and gang fights are common. The commission also visited the brothels owned by Aafaq, who was recently apprehended by the crime branch for selling over 5000 girls in GB Road. The commission was shocked to learn that the business in the brothels owned by Aafaq continued as usual and was not affected by the raid. In fact, these brothels continue to be thronged by men from across Delhi and nearby states.
The appalling conditions of the brothels was evident from their stench. Illegal constructions and hidden cells were all over the place. These tehkhanas are used by brothel owners to hide minor girls. The commission has been repeatedly requesting Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to break these tehkhanas but no action was has been taken till date.
SHO Dinesh Sharma informed the commission of the lack of proper streetlights in the area and stressed for the need for high definition CCTV cameras to aid policing. The commission has also requested the same from Public Works Department (PWD) and MCD, but resources are insufficient.
The commission found several children playing around the brothels. These are the children of the victims of commercial sexual exploitation and are very vulnerable. The commission has been repeatedly requesting the Women and Child Department to ensure their proper schooling in a residential school. However, that is yet to be done.
The commission believes that the issue can be resolved only if Delhi Police, Delhi Government and MCD work in close coordination with each other. The recent efforts of the Crime Branch – the raid and transfer of 36 staff from the local police station is a step in the right direction to break the nexus of the traffickers. However, the commission believes that similar exercise to identify the owners of the rest of the brothels should be immediately taken up by the police and their linkages with police officials and politicians be cracked and the corrupt be held guilty. On its own accord, the commission has been conducting regular meetings with police, government and MCD to identify the owners of the brothels.
The commission is taking these steps to ensure a trafficking-free Delhi and these steps. Maliwal stated that, “GB road is 3 km from Parliament of India. Still criminal activities continue here. Every other day minor girls are sold and brutalized. She also stated that, Every night, women are bought and sold at GB Road. Drunk men remain ready to devour these women. This is the women empowerment of our nation!”