The Bombay High Court has formed a committee headed by the director of Resource Cell for Juvenile Justice at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) to make regular visits to the Umerkhadi Observation Home and the Children’s Home at Dongri to examine cleanliness there and see whether proper food is served to the inmates.
“A committee headed by Dr K P Asha Mukundan, Director of Resource Cell for Juvenile Justice, TISS, and appropriate workers nominated from three other NGOs suggested by the government will make at least one or two visits every month without notice to both the establishments,” said the HC.
The court was hearing a suo motu (on its own) petition after taking cognisance of the dilapidated condition of the Children’s Observation Home at Umerkhadi.
The HC had earlier asked the state government to provide vocational training in various courses to inmates of the children remand homes so that their minds were occupied and they learn to be independent.
Amicus curiae (friend of court) had pointed out that the Industrial Training Institute (ITI) at Mankhurd, where training was earlier imparted to the inmates of the observation home and the children’s home, had virtually closed and it was not possible to provide training to the inmates.
Thereafter, the state had submitted a report by the chief officer of the Children’s Aid Society in Mahim. It had said short-term courses had been re-started for the children at the home from December 2015. However, the structures forming part of the ITI require repairs.
“We direct the state government to ensure that necessary steps are taken for restoration of all the courses in ITI at Mankhurd by providing necessary staff and funds. An arrangement will have to be made for immediate repairs of the structures of ITI,” said the court.