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Goa's notorious Apna Ghar to witness changes

Posted on Nov 08, 07:04PM | IBNS

The controversial-ridden state-run home Apna Ghar will witness a complete revamp as the High Court of Bombay at Goa disposed of a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), seeking directions to improve the infrastructure, after the government agreed implementing suggestions to avoid menaces.

The government in its affidavit to the division bench of Justice S J Vazifdar and F M Reis submitted that 'grievances of the petitioner stands redressed as per the minutes of the order.'

The high court was hearing a PIL alleging human rights violations on juveniles in the shelter-cum-remand home and illegalities by the former child welfare committee (CWC).

NGO Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN), whose letter was converted into PIL, had alleged that children in the custody of the former CWC faced various violations under the human rights act and juvenile justice act (JJA).

Advocate General Atmaram Nadkarni assured an inquiry, implementation of Integrated Child Protection Scheme, constituting Victim Assistance Units and setting up separate ward to cater for children who need treatment in Institute of Psychiatry and Human Behaviour. Currently, juveniles are lodged along with adult patients in the institute, thus violating JJA.

Fast tracking of case investigation, and deploying of security in the premise to prevent escapes of children, violence and entry of prohibited substances was also suggested.

Apna Ghar has been in the line of fire over frequent escapes of children, brawls between the inmates and staffers, destruction of public property and nexus between staffers and gangsters wherein children were smuggled to gangsters for committing crimes.