As many as 118 shelter homes for women and children across Haryana have been found to be operating without registration or accountability. This,according to a survey conducted by the state woman and child development department (WCDD) after the Rohtak shelter home scandal came to light.
Of these 118 institutes,while 105 are for children,the rest are for the protection of women.
Till this survey conducted for the first time by the government Haryana did not have a complete database of inmates lodged in shelter homes across the state.
While announcing the figures on Wednesday,WCDD Director General Sumita Misra said that so far,of these 118 homes,around 90 have applied for registration with the state government. To ensure that all child care institutes (CCIs) and homes for protection of women are registered,the government has extended the deadline for the registration process to July 20.
Addressing mediapersons,Misra said the committees constituted to inspect such institutions have already completed their work. This is the first time that a complete database of all such institutions has been drawn up in the state, he said.
Deputy commissioners of all districts and programme officers have been asked to personally visit institutions,which have not yet applied for registration. It was mandatory for the CCIs to get registered under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act-2000 and all other homes under the Orphanages and Other Charitable Act-1960. Information regarding registration has also been disseminated through radio and newspapers, said Misra.
There is also a provision of imposing fine on institutions that violate rules, he added.