New Delhi: In the wake of Arya Orphanage rape case where 11-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by the orphanage guard, the Delhi government is mulling to make amendments in the Juvenile Justice Act.  The government is planning to take stringent action against unregistered orphan homes.

Prof. Kiran Walia, Women and Child Development Minister Delhi informed that the change in the existing act is the need of the hour.  “Stern provisions need to be added to juvenile act for taking action against the guilty. Deliberations are being made with the legal experts to tighten noose around the accused.”

She said the Delhi government will request the Union government to take cognizance of the heinous crime against minor girls.

As per the records provided by the  Delhi’s Women and Child Development department there are 63 orphan homes run by private organization in the national capital out of which more than  dozen are unregistered. Astonishingly, the government can merely ask these private run children shelter homes to get registered but cannot take any action against them if they fail to comply with the orders. Meanwhile, there are 27 government run children home in the Capital.

The orphanage rape case has set the alarm bells ringing for the Delhi government as Women and Child Development Department is keeping vigil on these children shelter homes. If the officials are to be believed, owing to lack of legal provisions the department has taken a backseat.

JPN/Bureau