Child abuse in shelter homes: Central team continues inspection

Bhubaneswar: A day after the Central team accused the Odisha Government of not following the guidelines on protection of children at shelter homes, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) continued its inspection in various Child Care Institutions (CCIs) across the State on Friday.

The NCPCR team along with officials of Odisha State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (OSCPCR), Child Welfare Committee (CWC) and Angul District Child Protection Officer (DCPO) carried out inspection at Adrut Children Home and Bajirout Chhatrabas in the district.

The teams conducted an on-spot inspection of the condition in which the children are being kept at the shelter homes. The team is also scheduled to visit some SC and ST children homes in the district later today.

On the other hand, another team led by NCPCR official Payal Sharma visited Berhampur to conduct investigation in various shelter homes including Child Correction Home in Berhampur and Good News India’s shelter home at Saheb Jenapalli area in Chhatrapur of Ganjam district.

Earlier on Thursday, a team of NCPCR visited Koraput district and carried out inspection at Missionaries of Charity in Koraput town and Rejoice Care Centre at Mastiput in the district.

The NCPCR along with members of SCPCR have been divided into nine teams which will visit shelter homes in 19 districts of the State and submit their report to Women and Child Development Ministry.

It may be noted here that Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi on December 8 had ordered a probe into allegations of sexual abuse of minor girls in Beltikiri shelter home in Dhenkanal and submit a report. This apart, she had directed NCPCR officials to inspect all the shelter homes in the state and submit a report about their functioning.