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HC sets up panel to inspect two children’s homes

The Bombay High Court has set up a committee of representatives of NGOs to visit two children’s homes in the city to ascertain whether cleanliness is maintained and proper hygienic food is served to the inmates.

Boy abducted-AVDr. K P Asha Mukundan, Director of Resource Cell for Juvenile Justice’ at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, would head the committee, while other members would be nominated by ‘Audience of One Foundation,’ ‘Project Ashiyana’ and ‘Ojus Medical Institution’, all NGOs.

The panel will visit the Umer Khadi Observation Home and the Dongri Children’s Home in the city regularly and see whether cleanliness is maintained and proper food is served to the inmates, said a division bench of Justices Abhay Oka and P D Naik last week on a suo motu (on its own) PIL based on media reports about these institutions.

“The committees hall make at least one or two visits every month without notice,” the judges said.

Advocate Rajiv Patil, acting as amicus curiae (friend of the court), informed during the hearing that an Industrial Training Institute (ITI) at suburban Mankhurd where these children are given training is now virtually closed.

Government pleader Anurag Gokhale submitted a report by the Chief Officer of Children’s Aid Society which says that since December 2015, short-term courses has restarted at the ITI.

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