Post-Muzaffarpur, NCW Plans Survey of 559 Shelters
Govt to rope in varsities, including JNU & Jamia, to conduct audit of shelters
New Delhi: National Commission of Women has roped in academics and research scholars from gender departments of some top institutes, including Jawaharlal Nehru University and National Law University, to conduct an extensive survey of 559 state-run shelter homes for women across the country. The move comes nearly two months after a Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) audit report revealed that the inmates of a staterun shelter faced rampant sexual and physical violence.
TISS and Jamia Milia Islamia, too, will participate in the project, National Commission of Women (NCW) officials said.
The commission is also looking at collaborating with other ministries and finding ways of making inmates of these shelters beneficiaries of existing central government schemes such as Skill India, old age pension schemes, scholarships and schemes meant for adolescent girls.
The shelters under a ministry of women and child welfare scheme, known as Swadhar Greh, provide temporary accommodation to women in the age group of 18-60. They are also meant to help women acquire livelihood skills before they leave af- ter a maximum stay of five years, commission officials said.
“Preliminary surveys in homes revealedthatmosthomesareover-populated and this leads to gross irregularities in their functioning,” a NCW officialsaid.“Manyplacesarerunlike hostels where women are charged for staying there,” said the person who requested not to be named.
The surveys will be conducted by research scholars working in the social sector and on gender issues, and a committeeof notedacademicsandofficials from the women and child development ministry will draft recommendations on them, the official said.
POORLY RUN HOMES
While most homes are run by NGOs, commission officials said the survey findings will be used to revamp the system and blacklist NGOs not following the norms.
Surveys will be conducted in 12 homes to begin with and action will be taken as and when the audit reports trickle in. As per government data, there are more than 17,000 inmates in the 559 shelter homes.
The survey is expected to cost the governmentandNCWabout ₹ 5crore, and the final report is expected to be prepared by October next year.