Women and child welfare minister of Delhi, Kiran Walia, has written to the Centre, asking it to consider amending the Juvenile Justice Act to include a penalty provision. This, she believes, will ensure that privately run child institutions register themselves with the government.
"The issue of non-registration homes and orphanages has been agitating our minds because of the possibility of misuse of an important facility, which is meant for welfare of children resulting in child abuse. The recent incidents of such occurrences have made the need for this amendment even more critical and urgent. I would therefore request you to kindly give top priority to this proposal for incorporating penalty clauses in the Act so that each child admitted there is accounted for and monitored by child welfare committees," reads the letter sent to Krishna Tirath, minister for women and child welfare.
Though a provision in the Juvenile Justice Act makes it mandatory for private institutes to register themselves, but there is no penalty clause for those flouting the norms.
Meets police chief
Meanwhile Walia also met Delhi Police commissioner BK Gupta on Wednesday and discussed the issue of women safety in the Capital. Heads of Mahila Samooh and Awaz Uthao Groups also met Gupta and asked him to curb trafficking and flesh trade in the city.
"I have asked the commissioner to keep a vigil at the various placement agencies which are responsible for bringing innocent women and girls from neighbouring states in the name of providing them employment and hand them over to the criminals involved in flesh trade," she said.
Walia also suggested that the commissioner should make it imperative for such placement agencies to register themselves. This will keep a check on the number of women placed by them.
"Police should cooperate with women help groups and Awaz Uthao Samooh to curb violence and harassment of women. There should be a PCR van in each police station to check crimes against women," Walia added.
She also asked the commissioner to put extra staff on strengthening and sensitising the women helpline for extending immediate help to harassed women.