In the aftermath of the Uttar Pradesh and Bihar incidents, in which girls in shelter homes were sexually assaulted, the central Women and Child Development (WCD) Ministry ordered a social audit of shelter homes in all states. In Mumbai, a social audit has not been conducted for at least last three years.
Before the girls go to school every morning, their attendance is marked via a bio-metric system, and the same is done after they return from sports or other extra curricular activities in the evening.
The Bihar government took the decision keeping in view the over 30 rape cases and death of two women inmates at the Muzaffarpur home.
Both district administrations have written to the government requesting a detailed inquiry into the functioning of these shelter homes. They specifically requested the government to look into the funds sanctioned to them and recover the same if the charges are found to be true.
In the wake of Muzaffarpur and Deoria, Minister Maneka Gandhi wants social audits of 9,000 children’s homes. Protocol, SOPs were developed only recently, and remain largely unverified.
Of 80 displaced families, only 67 will qualify for the houses, says administration
The CAG report found that nine girls fled due to lack of basic needs like food, toilets, clothes and medicines.
The court was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by NGO Homeless Collective through lawyers Gayatri Singh.
NGOs have been asked to interact with the homeless and get them to use night shelter facilities.
Minister for Women and Child Development Varsha Gaikwad is keen on having women superintendents deployed at all shelter homes in the city.
The space belonging to the BMC was leased out to NGOs to run their programme.
A report by HC-appointed panel says lists shortcomings of state govt’s Manodhairya scheme.
The Bombay High Court has asked the BMC and NGOs to give wide publicity about availability of such shelter homes.