The story of a ‘careless’ care home in Jamdoli village
Jamdoli based mental asylum is in news once again and this time too for a wrong reason. Last year, the government-run shelter for mentally challenged children made headlines following deaths of 11 children in a short span. Now, the children have been running away but the administration doesn’t have a clue.
In last one and half months, three children have vanished from the care home and could not be traced. It is surprising that mentally challenged children have been jumping over high walls of the care home but the authorities did nothing to improve the system. The latest incident took place on Friday morning when 15-year old Kalu ran away in the wee hours but the authorities came to know about it in the morning through CCTV footage.
Kalu went to kitchen from the male wing and jumped the seven feet high wall while the caretakers were sleeping. It is learned that there is only one caretaker for a wing of 25 children. Another question is about not having a railing on top of the wall.
After the death of children last year, things improved a bit because of media coverage and subsequent visits by social justice and empowerment minister Arun Chaturvedi and …read more