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GSCPCR reports serious lapses at state-run Apna Ghar

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PANAJI

Goa State Commission for Protection of Children’s Rights in its annual report has observed serious lapses in the state run child care home, Apna Ghar, which included no age or gender segregation of children in conflict with law and the children in need of care and protection.

The commission also observed that there were no facilities provided for learning any trade or occupation and the only activity for the children appears to be one hour games every evening.

“Unfortunately, despite several recommendations, both the JJB and CWC boys are housed together in the justice juvenile board (JJB) section”, the commission stated in its 2016 annual report.

According to sources, 15 girls and 17 boys are admitted under child welfare committee (CWC) while six boys are under Juvenile Justice Board (JJB). In addition 3 toddlers are also kept in girls section in a separate room, out of 6 boys in observation home, youngest is 14-years-old and oldest is 18-years-old.

“Children do not have filtered water. They are drinking tap water and can be exposed to water-borne infections. The boys complained that they are bored as there are no activities or outdoor sports. Children were forced to move without footwear as the footwear provided is not according to the size,” the report released by the Commission’s chairperson Dr Sushma Kirtani said.

“No proper care is taken while cooking food and non-vegetarian food was not served. The food lacked salt or sometimes salty or spices added were in excess,” the report added.

 

Source: GSCPCR reports serious lapses at state-run Apna Ghar

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