India

Government orders audit of over 9,000 child care homes in 60 days

Asks states for a single facility for children to prevent their 'abuse'.

New Delhi: The women and child development ministry has ordered social audit of over 9,000 child care institutions across the country in the next 60 days, a senior official said on Wednesday, after reports of alleged sexual abuse of minors at shelter homes in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh surfaced.

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has been tasked with carrying out the audit and it has been asked to submit its report to the ministry in two months, he said. The audit would also take into account the condition of children living in these institutions as well as background checks of the NGOs running these child care institutions.

There are a total of 9,462 child care institutions in the country, out of which 7,109 are registered with the government.

Women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi has urged states to have a single, large facility for children to prevent their “abuse and misuse” by NGOs.

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has been tasked with carrying out the audit and it has been asked to submit its report to the ministry in two months.

 

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