Bhubaneswar: The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) today said that the Odisha Government has not followed the guidelines for protection of children at shelter homes strictly.
“Odisha govt has not followed guidelines for protection of children at shelter homes strictly. Concerned officials don’t have proper data on where actually shelter homes are functioning which shows their lackadaisical attitude towards,” said NCPCR member Yashwant Jain.
Notably, the NCPCR teams started inspecting 56 randomly-selected children’s home in 19 districts in the State in the aftermath of the alleged sexual abuse of minor girls at a shelter home in Dhenkanal district.
Dream Centre shelter home run by Good News India NGO in Dhenkanal district was sealed recently and two people, including its managing director Fayaz Rahman, were arrested following allegations of sexual harassment, mental and physically torture.
Today the team members will hold a meeting with the State Government authorities.
District Child Protection Units and Child Welfare Committees would also participate in the inspections at their respective districts.
The inspections are being conducted on the direction of Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi who asked the NCPCR to get all the homes inspected in Odisha.
On December 7, Gandhi, in a letter to Chief Minister Naveen Pattnaik, said it is a matter of great concern that the incident only came to light when some of the girls residing there confided in media and accused the shelter home in-charge of sexual abuse.