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DCPCR writes to DGHS for child-friendly room in hospital

New Delhi: The Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) has written to Directorate General of Health Services (Delhi Government) related to starting a pilot project on a child-friendly room in one of the city hospitals.

The letter was written by DCPCR official Rita Singh. "Being a monitoring agency in the field of child rights, a large number of cases of children in distress are being reported in DCPCR from different parts of the city. In some cases, difficulties being faced by such children rescued from different situations have been brought to the notice of the Commission," reads the letter.

It further reads," A sizable number of grievances of children are related to treatment being meted out to them in the environment in the hospital where they are taken to the examination daily in attending to them by the hospital authorities is very common."

The commission would, therefore, suggest that for providing child-friendly environment to such children, a room dedicated to the children by designed where the rescued children and the team escorting to them to the hospital can stay. Such an arrangement would go a long way in ensuring the safety and security of the rescued children besides providing them with an environment in the hospital where he/she can feel comfortable, reads the letter.

"On the pilot basis, the scheme of designing a designated room for rescued children and the team escorting them can be started in Rohini based hospital," added the letter. Rita Singh stated that they have chosen the area where crime against children is regularly reported.

Earlier DCPCR said that it studied the situation of crimes against children in Delhi and identified over 25 areas. A comprehensive study was conducted by the child rights body from 2015 to 2017 and found that Ranhola, Narela, Samaypur Badli, Shahbad Dairy, Jaitpur, Neb Sarai, Khajuri Khas, Sagarpur, Jahangirpuri, Bhalswa Dairy, and Mehrauli were among the 20 areas prone to missing children cases.

Whereas areas like Aman Vihar, Nihal Vihar, Mangolpuri, Begumpur, Kalyanpuri, Narela, Anand Parbat, New Ashok Nagar, Malviya Nagar and Ghazipur are among the 20 places where child abuse cases are high.

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