Goa State Commission for Protection of Children’s Rights has come out with a report on the state’s only juvenile home. The report highlights a sorry state of affairs at the state-run ‘Apna Ghar’, even the basic amenity of clean drinking water is not available for the children.
“Children do not have filtered water. They are drinking tap water and can be exposed to water-borne infections. The boys complained that they are bored as there are no activities or outdoor sports,” the report released by the Commission’s chairperson Sushma Kirtani was cited by IANS.
The annual reports states that the inmates are not repatriated with their homes and family due to a lack of funds. The juvenile home is located in Merces.
Through the report, it has also come to light that segregation of inmates as per gender and age as mandated by law is not being done. Besides, others shortcomings such as poorly maintained electrical fittings, poor food quality and hygiene are also highlighted in it.
“Funds have not been received and the children in need of care and protection have, therefore, not been repatriated despite the paperwork cleared. They expressed that they would like to go home,” the report states.
The commission has recommended that a water harvesting facility to be installed at the Apna Ghar to overcome the water shortage and also inculcate professional skills in the inmates for their future benefit.