Shelter Home Rapes: WCD Minister Maneka Gandhi Orders Audit of 9,000 Institutions

| August 8 , 2018 , 17:49 IST

The Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi on Tuesday ordered for an audit of around 9,000 shelter homes across the country. She gave a deadline of around two months to complete the extensive audit.

While speaking to a daily newspaper Gandhi said, “ I have asked the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) to ensure that the social audit is completed for all child care institutions within the next sixty days. I have designed the proforma for it.”

Explaining the process of the new audit she said that the new proforma for the audit will be more stringent and apart from the general checks like the number of children, beds, and other facilities available, it will also include questions for a complete background check of those running the homes as well as the condition of the children.

Pointing to the case of a shelter home in Bihar, which continued to function despite the license being cancelled owing to irregularities last year, Maneka said that the need of the hour is centralization of the shelter home system to ensure that it is run and monitored effectively.

Supreme Court’s Strong Criticism & Restriction On Media Coverage

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered a blanket ban on publication of images, morphed or blurred, of minor victims of sexual offences by electronic, print and social media. A three-judge bench of Justices Madan Lokur, Deepak Gupta and the newly appointed Justice KM Joseph ruled the order.

Amicus Curiae Aparna Bhat brought to Court’s attention that certain sections of the media, electronic as well as print, had published certain images of minor victims in the Deoria sexual abuse case which came to light on Monday.

Advocate Bhat further told the Court that the wife of one of the accused took to Facebook to publish a post listing out names of several of the victims of Muzzafarpur case to make an attempt to defend her accused husband. Justice Lokur observed that woman should be arrested immediately.

The court also ruled that All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) will deal with the clinical and medical aspect of the victims while Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) will deal with the social and rehabilitation process of the victims. It also said that the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) will look into the mental health of the victims.

The agitated bench said, “What is happening? Girls are getting raped left, right and center. NCRB 2016 data says 38,947 women got raped. MP is leading in the number of rapes, followed by UP. Yesterday there was the Deoria case. What are we doing?“