Steps During Eviction:
The following should be kept in mind during the time of eviction with or without issuance of due notice:
- CONTACT THE LOCAL MLA/ POLICE/ NGO/ ACTIVISTS
Call local NGOs/activists/MLA/local police station/lawyers and/or other volunteers to the spot at the earliest possible. (For contact information of Activists, Lawyers, & NGOs, visit CONTACTS)
- TAKE CARE OF THE MOST VULNERABLE FIRST
It is important to remember that the physical safety of the community is of utmost importance. It is important to help the elderly, children, differently-abled, sick, and pregnant women.
- ASK THE OFFICER IN CHARGE FOR OFFICIAL LETTER, WHICH DEPARTMENT THEY ARE FROM & NOTE IF WOMAN OFFICERS ARE PRESENT
Ask the officers in charge to specify under whose authority/authorisation they are carrying out eviction. Insist for written communication or official letters specifying this. Try to understand which department and office these officers have come from, and their numbers. Ascertain if woman officers are present are not. After sunset and before sunrise, women officers are mandatory to be present when interacting with women and children.
- ENSURE YOUR IDs ARE SECURE
Make sure that all your identity proofs and other personal documentation has been removed from your house and are kept handy and secure, for whenever needed.
- TAKE PHOTOS & VIDEOS OF THE EVICTION
Keep documentation of the process of eviction, i.e. take photographs, videos, and voice recordings.
- TRY TO APPROACH HIGH COURT RIGHT AWAY TO GET A STAY ORDER
You can also approach Delhi High Court urgently on the day of eviction to obtain a stay till the Court examines the legality of the same.
Post eviction? Rough notes: if unfair then approach, services, amenities, quality of housing, transport, location within 5km, documentation, allotment, complaints, RWA