Shelter home shame: 9 NCPCR teams to visit child care institutions in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Following allegations of sexual harassment of teenagers at Good News India’s Beltikiri shelter home, nine teams of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) will visit 26 shelter homes across 19 districts of the state for inspection.

The inspection is being undertaken following the letter from Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi to Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik.

According to a NCPCR letter addressed to the Odisha Chief Secretary, first phase of inspection by the NCPCR teams is scheduled to be conducted today followed by a meeting with the officials of the State Government on December 13.

NCPCR member, Yashwant Jain is scheduled to meet officials of Odisha Women and Child Development (WCD) department and Odisha State Commission for Protection of Child Rights tomorrow, the letter stated.
The high profile meeting will be attended by the secretaries of various concerned departments of the State along with the Director General of Police (DGP).

Earlier, in a letter to CM Naveen Patnaik, Gandhi wrote “I am horrified to learn the ‘Good News India’ NGO in question is currently operating more than 25 such shelter homes in Odisha. This incident is revealing of a deep and utter failure on the part of the State government in taking basic precautionary measures for the safety and welfare of children, leading to such a heinous incident.”

The Union Minister ordered an inquiry by the Secretary of the Ministry and also directed the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) to inspect all the shelter homes immediately.