Have to cook themselves, get one uniform and casuals set
SRINAGAR: Girls Orphanage in Chadoora is in shabby condition, understaffed, girls have to cook themselves, and provided one pair of uniform for season, the High Court was informed on Tuesday.
A report submitted by amicus curie Bashir Ahmed Bashir the before High Court hearing a PIL on orphanages revealed that the girls orphanage at Chadoora lacks basic facilities and staff.
The orphanage has only four employees – superintendent, caretaker, junior assistant and sweeper. It lacks a cook, and the girls “mostly below the age of 13 or 14 complained that they have to do the cooking themselves for which they take turns” the report said.
Besides there is no warden or watchman deputed for the security of the girls.
The report states that students were found in a shabby condition, wearing old school uniform and dirty torn shoes. Students are provided a pair of uniform each for summer and winter along with a pair of shoes. In casual clothing, only one pair of suit each for summer and winter along with a pair of shoes is provided.
“No medical officer has been deputed for the regular check-ups of the students. The chemists of the area don’t provide them medicines because of the long pending dues from the government,” said the report.
The amicus curie and assisting counsel, Farah Bashir had conducted a visit to the orphanage on October 2, 2017.
The division bench comprising of Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey told the state to file status report on the orphanage by January 30, 2018.
“In case the status report is not filed on due date, the authorities be ready for strict action against them for violating court directions,” the court said.
On previous occasions, court has directed state government to provide all basic facilities to the children at orphanages besides sporting facilities.