Rescued orphanage girls to be rehabilitated soon

The process of rehabilitating the mentally challenged children rescued from a Kalamboli orphanage in Navi Mumbai months ago will begin soon.

Written by Mihika Basu | Mumbai | Published:January 4, 2012 12:08 am

The process of rehabilitating the mentally challenged children rescued from a Kalamboli orphanage in Navi Mumbai months ago will begin soon.

It will be based on individual plans drawn out for each of them — covering aspects like nutrition,mental and physical health,education and training — and form part of a project undertaken by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) for rehabilitation of nearly 80 children.

The Bombay High Court had,in October 2010,set up a five-member committee to coordinate the functioning of orphanages in the state following reports of death of children at a Thane home. The committee was headed by TISS professor Asha Bajpai,while there were sub-committees for various administrative divisions of the state.

The Mumbai-Konkan divisional committee had noticed several anomalies at the Kalamboli shelter home during its visit on February 15 and 22. Its report said there were 19 mentally deficient girls in the home and they had bruises and wounds on them,indicating they were being physically abused and their well-being was at serious risk. These girls were subsequently shifted to a government home.

“We will be doing the rehabilitation and reintegration of the children rescued from Kalamboli and Thane as well as others at the government home,” Bajpai said.

While the project details and mode of implementation are currently being finalised,the plans will be drawn up for a two-year period. Specialised medical treatment will be prescribed after reviewing the needs of each child to be covered under the project.

The assessment process will also check if additional facilities are required to cater to the special needs of children and the kind of trainers they need. Experts will be called in to execute the plans.

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