New Delhi, Sep 16: Juvenile shelter homes in India which are strictly made to enforce protection, rehabilitation and restoration of juveniles seem to have become a disastrous place. The juvenile homes have become homes where inmates, who are kids below 18 years of age, are subjected to sexual assault on different levels. These kids are however, forced to live in inhuman conditions are treated very badly in these so-called shelter/ correction homes. Also, there is no authorized location for these juvenile homes and are situated anywhere across India, be it a small town or the national capital.
In a report that was prepared by Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) reports cases of systematic and often repeated sexual assault on children in juvenile justice homes. The reports say out of the total 39 cases, 11 cases were reported from government-run juvenile justice homes. These government homes comprise of observation homes, children homes, shelter homes and orphanages. One case a CWC member was accused of sexual harassment during counselling sessions.
The remaining 27 cases were reported from privately/NGO run juvenile justice homes such as shelter homes, orphanages, children homes, destitute homes, etc. Majority of privately/NGO run homes are not registered under Section 34(3) of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2006, as per reports by India Times, (ALSO READ: Shocking! 20-year-old sets self on fire after juvenile peeping tom sees her bathing)
As per reports by India Times, government run Ashiana Home for Boys at Alipur in Delhi, a 12-year-old HIV positive boy was allegedly sexually abused in the national capital by a security guard and other older inmates. An incident that occurred in Suparna Ka Aangan in Gurgaon, Haryana saw similar incidences where the owner, identified as Suparna Sethi and 20-year old caretaker Rachit Raju of the NGO allegedly raped minor girl inmate. Both of them were arrested for violation of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000 as the orphanage was not registered and sent to judicial custody.
Another shocking incident from Haryana was reported where a girl inmate of the government-run shelter home Bal Kunj at Yamunanagar, went missing. As per reports, the juveniles in the shelter homes were subjected to to sexual and mental harassment by the caretakers and the owners. Due to a rise in such incidences, the state government ordered a probe by the Haryana State Council for Child Welfare (HSCCW) into the allegation of sexual abuse of the inmates of the shelter home.(ALSO READ: Seven juvenile inmates escape from a remand home in Bihar)
In a shocking incident, a boy named Rahul was convicted for molesting his six-year-old adopted sister 11 years ago. The boy walked free after spending a few months at a juvenile justice home. Rahul is now 27 is back in jail again for raping the same girl who is now 17. He was arrested on December 17 last year on charges of rape. These incidences force us to ponder on a number of issues like, if Rahul was arrested and kept in juvenile justice home, what made Rahul rape the same girl and engage himself in a heinous crime than before. Isn’t the environment good enough to change people and make them think about good things in life? or are these Juvenile shelter homes so bad that they are termed not less than hell?