Children’s Home Shut As Minor Girls Go Missing  

SRINAGAR — Authorities on Friday shut down Gulistan Children Home after they found that many girls had gone missing from there.

A team of the officials of the Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) locked down the children’s home for violating provisions of J&K Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2013 and shifted its inmates to other facilities.

The team conducted the surprise inspection of Gulistan Children Home which is run by J&K Ansar ul Masakeen Trust and during an inspection it found that the provisions of the Juvenile Justice Act were violated.

 The inspection was carried out on the instructions of the Mission Director ICPS, G A Sofi, and Chairman Selection-cum-Oversight-Committee (SCOC) Justice (retd) Hassnain Masoodi.

 Acting on the complaints against the children’s home, it was found that the girl inmates of the Home who were in the age group of 5-14 were alone and there was supervision at the facility. Only 16 out of the total 27 girls were present at the Home at the time of inspection and rest were absconding. On inquiry officials found that there was information about their whereabouts.

Following this the authorities sealed the facility, officials said.

 The Home was also found lacking proper facilities and the girls on spot were found cooking the food and doing all other chores all by themselves. The staff of the said home including the security was absconding from the facility at the time of the visit.

Later, the ICPS team locked down the Home and transferred all the inmates to a better facility.

The action came a day after Social Welfare put the draft Jammu and Kashmir Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of Children) bill 2018 in public domain for eliciting the suggestions from the public.

Secretary Social Welfare department, Farooq Ahmad Lone, said that the draft bill is available on the official website of department.

He said the views and suggestions can be sent to the office of the Secretary Social Welfare department Civil Secretariat or Mission Director, Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS). He said that the suggestions can also be mailed on the departments’ official id.

 

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