Children tortured in observation homes

Some children in need of care and protection who have been put in observation homes in Delhi, among other places, have been found to be “tortured”, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has said.

In a reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha Thursday, Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath said: “A few cases of torture have been reported by the children to the NCPCR teams during their visit in 2010 and 2011 to the observation homes in Delhi, Chennai, Mathura, Agra, Hoshiyarpur, Faridkot and Ludhiana.”

“Pursuant to the visits of the NCPCR teams, the gaps in the functioning of such homes, including complaints of torture of children, have been reported to the state governments concerned for remedial action,” she added.

The children, the minister further said, were not treated in the manner that they should as per the childcare standards stipulated under the Juvenile Justice Act.