Overcrowded homes for abandoned children

Six out of 14 homes have children much more than its sanctioned strength


Jasleen Kaur | February 27, 2012

The state-run child care homes meant to look after children are overcrowded. Information obtained through an RTI, a copy of which is with Governance Now, shows that out of 14 such institutions run by the department of women and child welfare of Delhi government under Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000, six have children much more than the sanctioned strength.

Like Anupama Children Home for girls in West Delhi has a sanctioned strength of 100. But at present, 218 girls stay there. Similarly, Anukriti Children Home for girls in the same location has the sanctioned strength of 100 but has 141 girls.

Another home in North West Delhi, Sukhanchal School and Home for Mentally Retarded (Girls), has a sanctioned strength of 75 but it is home to 174 children. Whereas, Vikasini Home for Mentally Retarded children in the same area gives shelter to 268 children when it has a sanctioned strength of just 100

Children admitted to these homes are either lost or have been abandoned. They are either picked up from the streets or are found deserted in hospitals and public places.

There are total 21 state-run child care institutions and the RTI reveals information of 14 of them.

Pratidhi, NGO which filed the RTI, says these homes are overcrowded and it becomes difficult to attend each child. “A report of Child Welfare Committee on one of these homes shows that the children live in dirty and unhygenic  conditions.  Like Kilkari child care centre has a sanctioned strength of 50 but 111 girls were registered. And for more than 100 girls, there are just four toilet seats,” says an NGO representative.



Other News

It`s time to Unlock now, with economic focus

With Lockdown 4 ending Sunday, the home ministry has issued new guidelines to fight COVID-19 and for phased re-opening of areas outside the Containment Zones. The guidelines, issued based on extensive consultations held with states and UTs, will be effective from June 1 till June 30. The first phase of reo

Small kitchen gardens turn saviours for Gujarat tribal families

When the whole world is fighting COVID-19, food and nutrition security has become a major issue. The pandemic has aggravated the existing food crisis in India, especially in rural and tribal regions. There has been less availability of fresh foods in most parts of the country, and the tribal community has

India will set example of post-Covid-19 economic revival: Modi

India is determined to “set an example” for the rest of the word in the post-pandemic economic revival, prime minister Narendra Modi has said, underling the need to become self-reliant. “There is also a widespread debate on how the economies of various countries, including

3,543 ‘Shramik Special’ trains transport 48 lakh people in 26 days

Close to 48 lakh migrant labourers have been able to reach home from the cities they were working in, as the Indian Railways have run a total of 3,543 “Sharmik Special” trains from May 1. Following the home ministry order regarding the movement by special trains of migrant worker

How Jeevan Raths have helped 52,000 migrants in Maharashtra

Before the novel coronavirus hit it, Mumbai about 10-12 lakh labourers from elsewhere had made it their home. The figure for the state of Maharashtra was another 18-20 lakh. As the pandemic spread and the Maximum City emerged as the worst-hit place in India, all economic activities came to an end, and with

China is practicing attack as the best form of defence

For the rest of the world, it is not easy to understand China when it comes to politics or economics. Under pressure from the international community, it has accepted to open the country for a “comprehensive” probe into the origin of the deadly coronavirus. But it is not clear whether the Asian


Current Issue


Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter