Chandigarh: After the recent Apna Home controversy, the Haryana government has constituted state and district level committees to inspect children shelter homes run by NGOs and suggest improvements.

The committee members will interact with children in the absence of NGO members and collect their feedback on the facilities and treatment being provided to them, Director General, Women and Child Development Department, Sumita Misra said on Saturday.

The Director General, Women and Child Development, Haryana will head the state level committee.

The district level committee will be headed by the Deputy Commissioner of the concerned district.

The committee will ensure that child rights are not violated in shelter homes and look into the functioning of the Management Committee and Children Committee set up under Juvenile Rules 2009, Misra said.

The team would also make suggestions for improvement and development of shelter homes, she said adding each such homes
would be inspected by the Committee at least one in every three months.

Apna Ghar shelter home in Rohtak was recently mired in a controversy following allegations of sexual abuse and torture, including by police personnel, of children and women inmates. The scandal-hit home, being run by NGO Bharat Vikas Sangh, was sealed on June 9.

(Agencies)

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