New Delhi: It is distressing that abandoned and mentally challenged women of the city are still waiting for halfway homes proposed by the Delhi Government five years back.

Concerned over the government’s negligence in this regard the High Court sought details from the government on Wednesday.

Five years back the Delhi government started a drive to provide halfway homes on the recommendations of the committee headed by Sreerupa Mitra Choudhary who is the founder and chairperson of the organisation working in the direction of providing halfway homes to abandoned women.

A High Court bench comprising Chief Justice A K Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahay has given directives to Sheila Dixit government to submit the report within a week else Social Welfare Minister Kiran Walia and Chief Secretary would have to appear before the Court.

The Court has approved Sreerupa’s appeal to hear cases regarding abandoned and mentally retarded women.

From the past 10 years Sreerupa is actively working in the direction of helping abandoned women of the capital. She has provided them with a shelter named Sudinalaya.

In 2007, the media had highlighted the case of model Gitanjali Nagpal who was found wandering on the streets of the capital. After which a law student at the Delhi University filed a Public Interest Litigation in the High Court seeking a home for such women in the capital.