Delhi Slum Eviction: 'COVID-19 Took Away Everything, Now Roof Being Taken Away Too' -Gaurav Saini

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published Published on Sep 13, 2020   modified Modified on Sep 14, 2020

-TheWire.in

The Supreme Court had on August 31 ordered the removal of 48,000 slum dwellings along railway tracks in Delhi within three months.

New Delhi: The COVID-19 pandemic took away her family’s livelihood and now 48-year-old Veeramma fears she will lose her roof in the wake of the Supreme Court ordering the removal of 48,000 slum dwellings along railway tracks in Delhi.

“My husband was born here. My son was born here. My in-laws breathed their last in this house. This is all we have,” said Veeramma as she sat on crushed stones outside her home at a slum cluster alongside a railway track near Jal Vihar in Lajpat Nagar.

The 48-year-old, who works as domestic help, said her employers haven’t called her back to work yet.

“My husband cannot move. My son is a daily wager, he doesn’t have much work, too. We don’t have enough ration to feed the family for another week,” said Veeramma looking at her two-year-old granddaughter, a third generation to be born in the slum cluster.

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TheWire.in, 13 September, 2020, https://thewire.in/rights/delhi-slum-eviction-covid-19-took-away-everything-now-roof-being-taken-away-too


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