India orders audit of Children-s shelters

Added On August 11, 2018

 The Indian government has introduced a new measure to better regulate child-care homes across the country. 

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India's Women and Child Development Ministry on Tuesday ordered a social audit of over 9,000 child-care institutions across the country in the next 60 days. 
The move came after reports of mass rapes of minors at shelter homes in the eastern states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
The two cases shocked the entire nation, with the supreme court asking the government has yet to take action.
The audit will be conducted by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights which will submit its report within two months of the exercise.
India currently has around 9,500 childcare institutions, out of which only about 7,100 are registered with the government.
Experts called for better enforcement of registration mechanisms, suggesting that a feedback system involving various stakeholders be incorporated into the audit.
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): BHARTI ALI, Co-Founder of Haq Center for Child Rights
"In a nutshell, I would say institutionalization has to be the last resort. If there is institutional care, open up institutions for outsiders, visitors. The third point would be invest adequate resources on child protection. The fourth point would be that promote non institutional care in the form of sponsorship particularly. Ensure that children don't have to be separated from their families as far as possible. All audit reports, monitoring reports should be in public domain and they should also be presented in the state legislative assemblies and a consolidated report in the Parliament annually."