All is not well in the Child care homes, as depicted by the social audit by National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPR). Around 68 per cent of the Child Care Institutions do not have sufficient measures to prevent any form of physical, emotional abuse of the children in Odisha.
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights represented the first-ever social audit where as many as 175 homes don’t have any sort of acquaintance for the children suffering from emotional and physical abuse which ultimately results in trauma. Among the five states, Odisha is the worst performing state where over 60 per cent shelter homes lack enough measures to prevent abuse whereas in other states like Tripura -86.8 pc, Karnataka -74.2 pc, Kerala -63.4 pc and Assam -60.9 pc. According to the Juvenile Justice Care and Protection of children all the Child Care Institute should ensure that no child is neglected and the proper amount of nutrition should be given along with appropriate step to be taken for the abuses.
In Odisha, we have around 257 Child Care Institute out of which 20 are of Government run based and the rest is managed by the NGOs and trusts. In 140 centres both boys and girls are sheltered wherein 76 centres accommodate only boys, and the rest 41 centres have only girls. Around 58.8 per cent centres don’t have an adequate counsellor at approximately 58.4 per cent homes lacks with a parent.
According to the JJ Model Rules, there should be proper availability of emergency medical care equipment. These types of equipment are for those children who are diagnosed with – as hormonal problems, immune-compromised diseases, physical and mental disabilities. In Odisha, at least 26.5 per cent Child Care institutes have such emergency facilities for the children as compare to the national average which 10.2 per cent.
Priyanka Kanoongo, NCPCR Chairperson, stated that a lack of adequate measure could lead to trigger physical as well as emotional abuse of the children in Child Care Institutes.
Article Written by Dikhya Mohanty
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