On Tuesday, The Supreme Court ordered to the Ministry of Women and Child Development to place before it the data of social audit and survey conducted at around 3,000 shelter homes across the country. The top court also said, “One of these girls, perhaps a mentally challenged child, is missing”.
The bench said that stopping funds would perhaps not solve the problem too as it would be difficult to identify the institutions which were not being run properly.
Justices Deepak Gupta and K M Joseph, said, “Whatever data is available with the Ministry of Women and Child Development should be placed on record”.
During the hearing, when Ms. Anand told the bench about the social audit of these institutions, the bench asked, “what about the time frame”.
Ms. Anand said, “I would get instructions about it and place the details before the court about the timeline and the agency involved in the process. In the Muzaffarpur case, the Government of India has issued an advisory to the Bihar government. We (Centre) are also contemplating that in cases where NGOs were involved in such activities, the funds will be stopped,” she said, adding, “We are A bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur, while hearing the case of alleged sexual abuse of girls in an NGO-run shelter home at Muzaffarpur in Bihar, was informed by the Centre that a survey was conducted in around 3,000 shelter homes about infrastructure, facilities provided as well as staffs there equally concerned about this”.
Image Credit- Hindustan Times