New Delhi, Aug 8: The Government has directed all childcare institutes (CCIs) and shelter homes to register within two months and get a social audit done or they would face shutdown, ministry sources said. “The institutes not registered within two months will be shut down and the girls living there will be shifted to a registered centre. The ministry has already started closing unregistered centres,” a Ministry of Women and Child Development was quoted by IANS as saying. (Also read: SC Asks Centre For Steps to Safeguard Minors From Sexual Abuse at Shelter Homes)Also Read - UP Shocker: Teenage Girl Found Hanging From Bridge in Deoria

The move has come in the wake of alleged rape of residents of a girls’ home in Muzaffarpur, Bihar, and in Deoria, Uttar Pradesh. The Ministry also said it has issued notice for a social audit of over 9,000 CCIs across the country within 60 days. The social audit will be conducted by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR). “The new proforma of the audit will have the total assessment of the condition in which the children are living. It will not be a mere counting of basic facilities,” the official said. Also Read - Bihar Sculptor Makes PM Modi's Statues to Use as Money Storage Bank | See Pictures

Earlier this week, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi had mentioned that she feared there must be more cases of abuse in other shelter homes as well. The minister had said the district magistrates and district collectors should take responsibility of monitoring the adoption programmes which were implemented at the district level. She also directed the officials to streamline the adoption process and ensure its completion within the stipulated time. (With Agency Inputs) Also Read - 268 Children in Delhi Orphaned Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Reveals WCD