It is estimated that there are about 150,000 people sleeping on the streets of Delhi.AAA's headcount showed 53,765 people visibly sleeping on the roadside, pavements, open parks of Delhi in Year 2001.(Capital's Homeless-2001). This wa sthe first ever headcount by any NGO of homeless in the city. These homeless people represent one of the most vulnerable groups in the city. They are often deprived of civic amenities such as water and sanitation; denied access to medical treatment; forced to work for below the minimum wage; face daily beating and harassment from the police; and, are compelled to sleep in open because of the lack of government shelters. Their human rights, including the right to shelter, the right to health and the right against exploitation are violated every single day in the city of Delhi.
Aashray Adhikar Abhiyan's aim is twofold:
» To mobilize and empower the homeless so that they are able to assert their rights and live with honour and dignity.
» To make the citizens and public institutions of Delhi recognize that the homeless have inalienable rights and that it is their responsibility to help the homeless live in dignity