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Bawana Resettlement Colony
Public Hearing on Security
September 7, 2007
In January 2004, the Tourism Ministry of the Government of India announced its plan of developing a 100 acre strip of land on the banks of Yamuna into a riverside promenade, to be marketed as a major tourist attraction in the lead up to the commonwealth Games. In February and April 2004, homes and community buildings in the area were razed to the ground leaving thousands of people homeless. These evicted families were relocated to Bawana on the margins of the city which has eroded their rights and undermined the livelihoods of several, leaving them in a state of permanent poverty and facing innumerable struggles to live with dignity in the face of assaults on their identity.
(Excerpt taken from Swept off the Map-Surviving
Eviction and Resettlement in Delhi)
LOCATION OF BAWANA
Jagori has been active in the upliftment of the Bawana residents and have carried out various programmes from time to time.
Keeping in view the problems faced by Bawana, Jagori Mahila Adhikar Nigrani Samiti organised a Public Hearing (Jan Baithak) on 6 September, 2007 on the problem of security in particular the security of women.
Venue: Jhanda Chowk, Bawana J.J.Colony,Delhi
Suraksha hamara adhikar hai,
Hamari suraksha police ka kartavya hai
Pamphlet distributed for the Public Hearing
If a complaint is not taken up by the police, whom to contact
Rules of registering a F.I.R
The parameters in which police can arrest a person
Where and whom to complain about a policeman’s misbehaviour.
Rights of the accused
Role of police in response to the domestic violence acts
Role of police in response to the security of women in the colony.
Inspector Jeetendra Kumar was poignant to hear the
testimonies and showed regret for the negligence by
his department. He assured to appoint more lady
police in Bawana and asked them to directly contact
him if any such case happens in future. He promised
to fully co-operate with the residents.
The Public Meeting provided a platform to the Bawana inhabitants to meet the authorities on a one to one to basis. It helped them in addressing their problems and find efficient solutions for the same.
It was also a podium to recognise their rights and how they can stand for them and fight against any injustices.
The promises made and the decisions taken during the meet are in effect since then and there has been remarkable change in the attitude of the police officials and the people as well.
Jagori maintains regular checks on the behaviour of the police and whether women are safe in Bawana. If any breach , Jagori members along with the local people take effective actions against it.