TIMES OF INDIA
GURGAON: On the occasion of Children’s Day, the district administration announced the setting up of the first children’s home in the city. At present, rescued children who require rehabilitation and protection are either taken to Rohtak or Karnal. The decision was taken during a meeting of administrative officers and members of Childline (1098), organized as part of the “Childline Se Dosti” campaign aiming to make a million “dosts” (friends) and raise awareness about child rights.
Deputy commissioner P C Meena said, “We are looking for a plot or a building for this purpose. Very soon there will be a children’s home in the city.” The new shelter home will accommodate children, especially girls who need medical care, protection from abuse and counselling assistance. Nishi Kant, executive director, Shakti Vahini, an NGO, which runs Childline, said, “This step was long awaited and will provide the much-needed respite to children.”
“The DC has asked us to get in touch with the state’s Department of Women and Child Development. Our organization will work in close coordination with the government on this project,” Kant said. On Monday, a group of children appealed to the district administration for institutionalizing the Child Welfare Committee in Gurgaon. “There is need to set up an office for the office-bearers who can hear cases daiy, said an NGO member.
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