SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Tuesday directed Director, Social Welfare Department (SWD), to provide adequate accommodation, security, education, health and medicare, including ensuring availability of doctors and sports facilities, in all Child Care Institutions of Kashmir province.
These directions followed after the amicus and senior advocate B A Bashir informed court that while visiting some Child Care Institutions, he had found them to be in a deplorable condition.
SWD Director Rukhsana Ganai, who was present before court on Tuesday, informed that there are 17 child care institutions in Kashmir province, of which 11 are for boys and six for girls. She also stated before court that she joined office one week back and asked to be given time to file a response in this issue.
The division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Alok Aradhe after hearing the Director, SWD, directed her to verify the status of these institutions in view of the submissions made by amicus Bashir Ahmed Bashir that the institutions he inspected are in a miserable condition.
Court also directed the Sports Council to provide sports facilities to other CCIs apart from those at Harwan and Shalimar, situated in Srinagar. “Sports Council shall ensure not only the facilities but also appointment of instructors for training the inmates in these CCIs,” court directed, adding that the Council shall place a report before it as to what would be the optimum curriculum activities for the children in the CCIs.
Court said that if the Sports Council faces any difficulty while providing sports activities to the CCI inmates, it shall be brought before court in order that such kind of difficulties may be removed.
Court again requested Bharti Ali Haq, Centre for Child Rights, New Delhi, to provide a list of facilities and programmes which are required to be provided and are being provided in Child Care Homes that are both for children in conflict with law and for those in need of care and protection.