Must ensure safety of each child under your care,HC tells govt

The Delhi High Court has ordered the authorities concerned to ensure inspection of all children’s home in the city and provision of safer and better living conditions for the residents.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Published:May 28, 2012 12:44 am

The Delhi High Court has ordered the authorities concerned to ensure inspection of all children’s home in the city and provision of safer and better living conditions for the residents.

A division bench headed by Justice S Ravindra Bhat has asked the Delhi government to tighten its supervision of functioning of various welfare bodies,especially the Child Welfare Committees,and guarantee that all children are secure from any harm.

The court order came after separate reports were submitted by standing counsel for the government Najmi Waziri and advocate Richa Kapoor.

The reports were submitted in court in pursuant to its directive on the last date of hearing,when the bench had asked the two counsels to adduce status reports with respect to a particular children’s home — Apna Ghar,licensed by the government.

Earlier,the CWC had declared a child as abandoned and sent him to Apna Ghar,without making adequate efforts to trace his parents. The child’s father filed a petition in the court.

Advocate Kapoor was then asked to visit the home and present a report.

The court had also slammed the CWC chairperson for sending the child to the orphanage “betraying utter callousness”,and directed the “state to consider and take appropriate action” for this “glaring omission”.

In their latest report,the government adduced the rule that CWC of every district was to inspect a children’s home once every three months. But,the last inspection of Apna Ghar happened in 2011.

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