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NGOs urge NCPCR to withdraw direction to restore children living in CCIs to their families

New Delhi, Oct 7 (PTI) Human rights NGOs have urged apex child rights body NCPCR to immediately withdraw its direction to send back children living in child care institutions from eight states to their families, saying it violates the objectives of the Juvenile Justice Act.

New Delhi, Oct 7 (PTI) Human rights NGOs have urged apex child rights body NCPCR to immediately withdraw its direction to send back children living in child care institutions from eight states to their families, saying it ‘violates’ the objectives of the Juvenile Justice Act.

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has directed eight states that account for over 70 per cent of children in care homes to ensure their return to their families, noting that it is the right of every child to grow up in a familial environment.

The NCPCR said the decision was taken also keeping in view the alarming concerns over the safety and security of children residing in these institutions.

In an open letter, All India Network of Individuals and NGOs working with National and State Human Rights Institutions (AiNNI), Enfold Proactive Health Trust, HAQ: Centre for Child Rights and People’s Watch claimed the recommendations ignore the need for preparedness of families and alternative care measures and the larger issue of systemic failures.

‘NCPCR’s recommendations are contrary to the purpose, principles, and spirit of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015,’ it said.

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