Homeless women in Delhi face acts of violence on a daily basis, including verbal, physical and sexual abuse, and economic and social exploitation, which severely affects their mental and physical health. The media, however, seldom report such atrocities and public authorities generally ignore their complaints. The affected women have no recourse to legal remedy, aid or redress, and their plight seems to be unheard. In order to highlight the critical issues of violence faced by homeless women and girls in Delhi, and to urge state authorities to take action to redress the situation, Shahri Adhikar Manch: Begharon Ke Saath (Urban Rights Forum: With the Homeless) organised a ‘Public Hearing on Violence against Homeless Women in Delhi’ on 13 August 2013 at India International Centre, Delhi.
This source details the situation homeless women face in Delhi as well as the discussions and experiences shared at the 2013 hearing.