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Child separated from mother in chilling cold, NGO under scanner

Child separated from mother in chilling cold, NGO under scanner

New Delhi: In the bone-chilling cold of 2018 when it was difficult for the homeless to sleep on the street, a child was forced to stay outside the shelter home in Karol Bagh area. He was parted from his mother inside the shelter run by a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). The Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) will send notice to the NGO regarding the whole incident.

Meanwhile, DUSIB will install lockers inside permanent shelter homes where the homeless persons can keep their

things safe.

Bipin Rai, member DUSIB confirmed the news and claimed they will issue the notice to the NGO. The incident reported from Karol Bagh area in December. "We got information regarding the incident we will take action," said Rai.

Sources claimed that during the meeting headed by Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) chairperson Ramesh Negi, the incident of leaving the child outside the shelter home raised. "In the meeting, it was decided that children till 14 years can stay with their mother's inside night shelter," said Negi.

The meeting was attended by DUSIB senior official. "If the mother is apart from the child inside shelter home, action will be taken against the agency who is running the shelter," a source said.

More than 200-night shelters being run by DUSIB in Delhi which includes

permanent and temporary structures. Since, November 19 as many as 16 Rescue Teams of DUSIB have shifted 8893 homeless to the nearest night shelters.

More than 4,000 families were found sleeping without any roof in the city, revealed the survey of the DCPCR with other NGOs in Delhi.

The child rights body data further claimed that as many as 2,775 children under age group (0-3 years), 8,129 under (3-6 years), 46,848 under (6-14 years) and more than 12,000 children under 15-18 years were found living on the

streets of Delhi.

Rita Singh, member DCPCR stated that they also submitted their findings during the meeting to DUSIB.

Safe shelters

Theft inside shelter home, one of the reasons, homeless opted street. DUSIB are now installing lockers to make the shelters safe and secure for the living. Bipin Rai told Millennium Post that they have also started the process.

"In the night shelter, the homeless person can keep the things in the locker and can sleep without any fear,"

said Rai.

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