New Delhi: The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) on Friday issued new guidelines, in which the District Magistrates (DMs) have been asked to complete probe in cases of child deaths inside child-care institutions (CCIs) within four weeks.
According to new guidelines, the DMs have to complete the probe in case of runaway children, death of children or sexual assaults on them, within four weeks.
The Chairperson of NCPCR, Stuti Kacker, said that the guidelines have been formed in collaboration with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
She further said,“There was no procedure of what should be done in case of runaway children or death of a children or sexual assault on them and something needs to be there for the children who are living in these CCIs.”
“The law is quiet on the role of CCIs to address issues such as escape, runaway or sexual abuse of children living in the institutions. These guidelines would fix this too,” she added.
There is a provision under the Juvenile Justice Act to conduct a probe into instances of death of children but the guidelines aim to establish a timeframe, the NCPCR chairperson said.
As per new guidelines, post-mortem of a child would be conducted within 24 hours and guardians, parents or DMs would be kept in the loop, she added.
The guidelines also tells about the detailed procedure a child-care institution has to follow after cases of sexual abuse or death of a child are reported.
The guidelines have been released in the aftermath of the cases of sexual abuses and missing children reported in Deoria and Muzaffarpur.
Notably, on Wednesday the NCPCR, in an affidavit filed before the Supreme Court, had said that “the preliminary report of a social audit that is being conducted in 9,000 child-care institutions across India has revealed a frightening scenario”. Out of the 2,874 children home inspected so far by the NCPCR, just 54 have got positive reviews, it said.