The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) in its report has found gaping holes in the facilities at children’s homes and mentioned the case of nine girls who escaped the women’s home in Odhav allegedly due to harassment, lack of infrastructure and security inside the home.
The report mentioned, “Five girls had escaped from a children home and seven girls from a special home in Odhav of which only five came back and the remaining yet to be traced. The matter was reported to local police and is under investigation.”
According to the CAG report, in agriculture and rural development foundation (girls) in Valsad, the toilets were found dirty and compound wall damaged. In Kathiavar Nirashrit Roopram Ashram, Ahmedabad, there was no playground for children and in Vikas Gruh Paldi at Ahmedabad, no proper rain water drainage system was available.
The report further stated that the J J Act provides supply for four pairs of clothes per girl annually. However, only one pair was provided annually to children and women at Odhav home in Ahmedabad.
The Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) guidelines provide for setting up separate homes with special services for children with special needs. However, girls with special needs were kept along with other girls in Odhav. The CAG also observed that children and women of various age groups are mixed at shelter homes.
The Indian Express had reported the plight of women inside the women’s home in Odhav where nine girls fled due to lack of basic needs like food, toilets, clothes and medicines. The report mentioned that several shelter homes were found unregistered with the government.
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