The crackdown on Child Care Institutions (CCI) violating the
norms has resulted in 539 children homes being shut down across states.
Besides irregularities, the failure of the homes to register with the state as
per the Juvenile Justice Act 2015 is one of the major reasons for the
ministry of women and child closing these. Of the 539 homes 377 are in
Maharashtra followed by 78 in Andhra Pradesh and 32 in Telangana. In
Uttar Pradesh where the shocking cases from Deoria have been in the
news, 20 homes have been shut down. As many as 21 homes have been
closed in Karnataka.
The Supreme Court had set a deadline for December 31, 2017 for all
unregistered CCIs to register. In an attempt to ensure compliance in the
WCD ministry kept on giving the states repeated reminders to ensure compliance. However, after cases of abuse came to like
in a home in Muzzafarpur in Bihar and then in Deoria, the WCD ministry stepped up action to crackdown on non-compliant
unregistered homes. “The children who were living in those CCIs have been safely shifted to other child institutes,” a senior
official at the WC ministry said.
The WCD Ministry had asked the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) to conduct a social audit of all the
CCIs and also directed the unregistered institutes to register themselves within two months. The minister had also said that the
district magistrates and district collectors should take the responsibility of monitoring adoption programmes which are implemented at the district level.
TOI had reported in August that over 1300 homes child care institutions, most of them in Kerala where the matter is in Court
were still out of the registration framework. To bolster the monitoring mechanism the government has also asked state
commissions to fill up vacancies in Child Welfare Committee and set up these critical committees that hold magesterial powers.
The parliament was informed in the monsoon session that the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has
reported that it has registered 43 complaints regarding child abuse and neglect of children in CCIs during the last three years
upto June this year. Out of the 43 complaints, 38 have been closed and the remaining 5 cases are still pending.