The Ministry of Women and Child Development is formulating guidelines for children's hostels, prescribing the minimum standards of care that should be provided to children. This comes in the wake of institutions, housing children on the request of parents who are unable to take care of them and their education or due to other circumstances which force parents to keep them at children's homes, not registering under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015, said a statement from the Ministry.
The Supreme Court earlier, in an order, directed the Union and the State Governments to enforce minimum standards of care required for such children living in any facility either created by the Government system or by civil society organisations.
In view of the directions of the Apex Court (Writ Petition - Criminal- No. 102 of 2007), the Ministry is drafting the guidelines which will be applicable to any institution not falling under the categories mentioned in the JJ Act.