Children Homes: HC To Pass ‘Holistic’ Orders On August 28 


SRINAGAR —  Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Thursday directed personal appearance of Director social welfare department to remain present before it “in order to pass holistic orders” regarding children   

A division bench of the court headed by Chief Justice Gita Mittal passed the orders or personal appearance of the director SWD on Agust 28 after hearing senior advocate BA Bashir who submitted that he while inspecting various children homes he has found deplorable condition therein. 

The court also requested Ms Bharti Ali, HAQ, centre for Child Rights, New Delhi to provide a list of facilities and programmes which are required to be provided and are being  in Child Care Home (i-e both for children in conflict with law and those in need of care and protection).  

The court also directed government of India and the state of Jammu and Kashmir to place a proposal with regard to the extending the outreach of the skilling programme to the children in the children’s institutions in the state.   It posted the PIL for further consideration on August 28. 

In 2013, taking suo-moto cognisance of a news report on poor facilities at government run orphanages– Markazi Falah-eItfal and Markazi Falah-e- Mastoorat at Nishat—the High Court had treated it as Public Interest Litigation and initiated proceedings against the state.

The court had directed the government to ensure release of funds for renovation of the buildings of the two government-run orphanages.

The report highlighted the ugly picture of government-run children’s home at Nishat on city outskirts for lacking basic healthcare facilities.

The report had highlighted that the children are being deprived of basic rights with officials ostensibly forcing them to do menial jobs like washing clothes and sweeping floors.

The children had fallen prey to diseases like anemia and social welfare department has failed to take any measures, the report had said.


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