The Child Welfare Committee for Srinagar has closed down an orphanage at Hyderpora after finding its building unsound for the inmates.
“Whereas the inspection was conducted by the members of the Child Welfare Committee Srinagar along with protection officer institutional care (POIC) and social worker to the home namely Al-Iman Yateem Trust Hyderpora, wherein it appeared that the home is not running properly as per the basic standards laid down under the J&K Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of children) Act, 2013,” an order by the CWC Srinagar reads.
“Whereas the report has been submitted by the inspection committee before the CWC and on the basis of the report which is in record, the CWC Srinagar is of the opinion that under section 35 read with rule 68 of the afore captioned act the aforesaid home shall be closed with immediate effect as per the provisions of the act.”
The CWC has also asked the administration of the orphanage to bring the children before the committee and has asked the protection officer to facilitate and arrange for their rehabilitation in their native village with monthly sponsorship, or transfer the children to other fit institutes.
Member CWC, Mudasir Nazar and protection officer Eishan Majeed, who inspected the home said, “In the month of December we inspected the home and found that in two rooms, 24 children, all boys, were crammed in a way that the rooms looked stuffed to the gills. The home was in a dilapidated condition.”
“We gave them time that they should, at least, follow minimum standards required for setting up a home, but when they failed to do so we closed the home with the help of police and rescued the children.”
This is not the first time that an orphanage has been closed.
Last year the ICPS department – a vehicle for the implementation of the Juvenile Justice act – raided and closed four orphanages.
Also, nine girls were “rescued” from Al Muzamil Welfare Trust in Lawaypora, Srinagar, and they were sent back to their respective homes in Reasi.
Besides, the children’s home at Kupwara, the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya School has been turned into a day-care centre as the school lacked facilities required for night stay of the inmates.
According to ICPS, at least 700 children’s homes and orphanages are operating across 22 districts of Jammu and Kashmir of which 666 are privately run and 34 operated by government agencies.