09 May, 2021

Female Woes In Delhi's Slums Find A Messiah

Female Woes In Delhi's Slums Find A Messiah

Every morning, with the coming dawn, she emerges like a ray of hope. Amidst the squalor and filth of Delhi’s Muslim-dominated resettlement colonies in Neb Sarai, Nangloi, Nand Nagari, Jwalapuri and Nizamuddin, the frail figure of Reena Banerjee is a welcome sight. For, among these shanties which house thousands of families, Reena does almost anything and everything she can to alleviate some of the neglect and misery.

A trained social worker from the National Institute of Planning and Child Development, Reena’s first brush with life in the shanties came a few years ago. She’d accompanied a rape victim to the Nand Nagari police station to lodge a complaint, but instead was hounded out. Faced with this routine government apathy, Reena didn’t return to the police station. She quietly called a few journalists and narrated the tale of horror. The next day, the accused were arrested. It was this incident which led Banerjee to become increasingly involved in the shanties, seeking out other cases of such hapless young women.

Reena became more and more concerned...

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