Sanjeev Singh Baryana
Chandigarh, August 07
According to the records of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), more than six cases of crime against children were reported in Punjab every day during 2018-2020. Haryana recorded more than double the number during this period with an average of 13 cases per day.
This was mentioned by Union Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani in a reply during Question Hour in response to a question by MPs Chandrani Murmu and Geeta Vishwanath Vanga regarding crime rate in orphanages. As per NCPCR data, 34 cases of child abuse have been received from Child Care Institutions (CCIs) in the last three years.
The social audit of CCI by NCPCR was conducted in May 2017 following the order of the Supreme Court and A report submitted in March 2020, which was sent to all state district magistrates and women and child development department for necessary action.
Director, Social Security and Women and Child Development, APS Sandhu told The Tribune: “Punjab has six government-run orphanages and a home for runaway children along with 218 inmates. In addition, there are 39 NGO-run homes for orphans in 11 districts that take care of 1,291 children.