Post-Muzaf­farpur, NCW Plans Sur­vey of 559 Shel­ters

Govt to rope in var­si­ties, in­clud­ing JNU & Jamia, to con­duct au­dit of shel­ters

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

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.

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