Members of the State commission for protection of child rights (SCPCR) inspected two ashrams located in Dehradun where many children are living on Wednesday. During the inspection, the team found that the ashrams were bereft of the basic facilities meant for the children who are staying there. Peeved over the sorry state of facilities, the chairperson SCPCR Usha Negi asked the District Magistrate S A Murugeshan to cancel the NOC of the ashrams and also to take stern action against the owner of the two ashrams.
While 22 girls and 17 boys aged around 10 are living in Hariom Ashram 14 girls aged above 10 years are living in Shiv Om Ashram. During the inspection, it was found that there were no doors in the bedrooms where the children sleep and the sanitation facilities were also in a bad shape. Even the bedroom had no proper walls, Negi said.
The team also found a cowshed located close to the room where the girls are living. Besides, garbage heaps were found. Negi further said that half of the food items the inmates take were found stale. “This is horrible from the health point of view,” she said.
Contacted, the owner of both the ashrams swami Anupmanand Giri said that there was nothing serious in the condition of the ashrams. “The officials gave us NOC. The district probation officer and chairperson of Child Welfare Committee (CWC) regularly visit the ashram. They have never raised any issue,” he said.
However, angry over the pathetic condition of the ashrams where children live, Negi said that the officers concerned must explain why such ashrams were being allowed to run.
She also asked the member of Bachpan Bachao Andolan Suresh Uniyal to file an FIR against the owner of the ashrams. Further, she directed the DM to cancel the NOC.
Queried over the matter, DM S A Murugeshan said, “We have a committee tasked with inspection.
The District Probation Officer also takes stock of things. If the ashram is found to be devoid of the basic facilities we would definitely cancel the NOC. More steps might be taken on the basis of the report to be submitted by the committee.”