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Social activist beaten for helping street vendors


Aasim Khan,CNN-IBN
Jan 05, 2008 at 11:46pm IST

New Delhi: Delhi’s streets are perhaps one of the most mismanaged ones in the country.

On December 31, 2007, social activist and director of Manushi, Madhu Kishwar was beaten up allegedly by local goons in the Sewa Nagar Area of South Delhi.

Kishwar has been working in the area for setting up a model market for the street vendors. CNN-IBN caught up with activist to find out what happened.

“On December 31, 2007 about 12:00 pm along with Sheeshpal, a Manushi worker went there. I got out of my car to take some photographs because we were to report to the Lt Governor on the state of affairs there. As soon as I came out a gang pounced on me," says Kishwar.

In December the Delhi Lieutenant General had written to provide CCTV cameras in the market to curb any illegal activity.

The PMO also sent specific directions concerning the project.

“The Prime Mininter's office has intervened to say that this pilot project is a flagship project of the MCD and Manushi should be protected at all costs," says Kishwar.

The Sewa Nagar Model for street vendors was hailed as a huge success in resolving the civic crisis in the capital city.

But after this incident the Police and the Municipal authorities have much to answer.

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