Delhi Women and Child Development Minister Sandeep Kumar said Wednesday that the government will step up its vigil in all children’s homes across the capital and will consider the installation of CCTV cameras in such homes.
The minister’s statement comes five days after he terminated the services of two senior officials of the Lajpat Nagar Village Cottage Home for Children and ordered that the superintendent of the home be booked under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. On Thursday, the Lajpat Nagar police arrested the superintendent.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Kumar said, “After this incident took place, it took some time to be reported. I learnt through sources in my department that such a thing had happened in the children’s home and then we decided to inspect the home. I was accompanied by a senior female officer who had earlier worked as the superintendent of that home. She spoke to the girls in the home and they told her what had happened.”
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Following the incident, officers of the department have been instructed to conduct regular inspections in all children’s homes, said Kumar. “This is a repulsive act. These children are from underprivileged backgrounds. In such a serious matter, nobody should be spared,” said Kumar.
“My officers and I will continue to keep vigil and also conduct surprise inspections in all the homes. We have also set up a committee to tell us what measures can be taken to make children’s homes safer. IT will consider installing CCTVs in these homes,” said the minister.
Government officials said it was reported that the superintendent had allegedly taken minor girls to an isolated room and tried to physically abuse them. It was also brought to the minister’s notice that a woman welfare officer also allegedly misbehaved with the girls and she has also been terminated from service.