Apna Ghar not reforming children: Child Rights Group

PRAKASH KAMAT/THE HINDU, PANAJI | 29 October 2014 22:43 IST

Pro-Child Network, a group of concerned individuals and organisations, has raised concerns about instances of children being released from Apna Ghar, State-owned children’s home in north Goa, without proper inquiries.

 The network, which met here recently, also alleged that the State government was treating Apna Ghar as a transit home instead of reforming it and making it a child-friendly home.

At the meeting of the network conducted by Child Rights Goa (CRG), a child rights group, the activists welcomed the functioning of the Children’s Court on a full-time basis since September 8 with a full-time President.

Expressing hope that the regular sittings of the Children’s Court will result in speedy justice and in reducing the number of pending cases, the network, however, raised concerns about the premises of the Children’s Court in Panaji as child victims often come in contact with the accused while entering the court or on the way to the washroom.

 

Moreover, with no designated space for children, they often wait in the office of Public Prosecutor where they may come face-to-face with defense lawyers and have no place to relax, they said.

The group had submitted to the State Police, a Protocol for Children on July 25, to be adopted by the Police when dealing with cases related to children. The police response is awaited.

As many Village Panchayats of Goa are not aware of a scheme of Rs.10,000 grant-in-aid introduced by the State Directorate of Women and Child Development towards functioning of the Village Child Committees(VCCs), it was decided to generate awareness amongst the Panchayat members and VCC members.

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Good Hearted Goans must come forward to set up the Private Old Age Homes For Goans. They should take the admission fee and charge reasonable monthly fees. They should take care of these old Goans like their Father & Mother. All facilities including Medical Care must be available in this Private Old Age Home. Many Goans has money but nowhere to go. Many rich foreign-return old couples are in Goa who wanted this type of Private Old age Homes to rest in peace.

- Mathew Dias, Goa | 31 st October 2014 14:00

 

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