Apna Ghar Case: 12 inmates handed over to parents
Of the 101 Apna Ghar inmates, 12 have been handed over to their parents and two have died since they were shifted from the shelter home in Rohtak, Shashi Doon, additional director, Haryana women and child development department, informed the high court on Friday.punjab Updated: Nov 09, 2012 23:15 IST
Of the 101 Apna Ghar inmates, 12 have been handed over to their parents and two have died since they were shifted from the shelter home in Rohtak, Shashi Doon, additional director, Haryana women and child development department, informed the high court on Friday.
Doon's report, dated November 6, mentioned that after conducting inmates' medical examination, three minor girls were found to be HIV positive. They were shifted to Bal Gram Ashram in Sonepat. Besides, 16 inmates were mentally challenged and six deaf and dumb.
In her reply, the officer said the shifted inmates included 88 girls and 13 boys. The bench later directed the CBI and the state government to file their replies on the next date of hearing (December 14) to an application - filed by advocate Anil Malhotra - requesting the revival of the case. The high court had disposed of the case on July 19 with directions to the CBI to probe into it.
Doon, meanwhile, also informed the court that to ensure protection and care of children in child care institutions (CCIs), mapping of all CCIs had been completed and registration of CCIs, mandatory under Juvenile Justice Act, was underway.
It was also informed that in order to ensure security of shelter homes' inmates, it had been made mandatory to place close-circuit television (CCTV) cameras at the entrance of all such homes. All children homes would have landline numbers, a complaint box, and telephone numbers of deputy commissioner of police and superintendent of police. No child would be admitted or shifted without the permission of the child welfare committee and shelter homes for girls would have only women staff.
To ensure welfare and development of children, health department has been directed to carry out health check-ups in a time-bound manner of all the inmates in all homes and issue individual health cards. Deputy commissioners, meanwhile, have been directed to ensure proper living conditions for shelter homes' inmates, with the support of community, industrialists and corporate houses.
Earlier, when the case came up for hearing before the division bench headed by justice Jasbir Singh, CBI assistant superintendent of police Satish Dagar, brought the status report in a sealed cover. But the report was returned back to him.