SRINAGAR: The J&K High Court has directed the state government to take measures for bringing back all the inmates to the orphanage at Nishat in the outskirts of Srinagar.
The inmates, 61 in all, had gone missing since the uprising began in Kashmir Valley and the director Social Welfare Department informed the court that they were taken by their guardians.
Hearing a Public Interest Litigation, a division bench of Justices Ramalingam Sudhakar and Ali Mohammad Magrey directed the director social welfare department Kashmir to take appropriate measures to get the students back to the orphanage by contacting their guardians.
“It is necessary to bring the students back to the orphanage so that they are not put to any educational loss and their well being is ensured,” the court said.
The director social welfare department informed that the orphanage—Markazi Falai Itifal for boys— has 22 student inmates from Dara, Faqir Gujri and Harwan areas of Srinagar, 6 from Banihal (Ramban), 8 from Ganderbal while 5 others belong to Kupwara.
Similarly, the director said that girls wing (Markazi Falai Mastoorat) of the orphanage, there are 20 inmate students with 13 from Ganderbal, two from Pulwama, 3 from Kupwara and two from Srinagar.
The report further unveils that there is only one computer available for the girls and the students have not been provided any reading tables.
The court asked director Social Welfare Kashmir to take immediate steps for making available beds and beddings to each girl inmate and also provide computers to them. It also ordered the director SWD to provide chairs and reading table to each student of the orphanage.
The court was also informed that the buildings, an evacuee property, has constructed more than 70 years ago and have almost lived their life. The quantum and frequency of maintenance has to be more than the normal parameters, the court was informed by the Javaid Bukhari, executive engineer R&B department, in a report submitted in compliance to its directions last month. The court was hearing a PIL, initiated on the basis of a news report in 2013.
The news report had highlighted that the basic rights of the children had been denied to them and they were suffering from anaemia and other serious medical ailments. It also revealed that authorities were forcing the children to do menial jobs like washing clothes and sweeping floors.