From a long time, the proposal of shifting the girls to a spate home was hanging a fire.
Chandigarh: Finally, after a long wait, the Social Welfare Department, the Chandigarh Administration has shifted the girls inmates living in Snehalya. According to sources from Snehalya, around 120 girls have been shifted to the new home which, for now, has been named as “Ashiyana” located in Sector 15, Chandigarh, and the shifts have been done under the provisions of the Juvenile Justice Act.
“For a long time, the department had a proposal of shifting the girls to a separate home but due to some reasons, the decision was hanging fire. On January 30 and 31, the department shifted the girls to the new home,” added the sources.
“This is the same home which earlier was known as Bal Niketan, a home for orphan girls in Sector 15, and was constructed to accommodate the kids till the age of seven years and was overtaken by the Chandigarh Administration in 2014 after the matter of a supervisor sexually harassing inmates came to light on April 2. After that the girls were shifted to Snehalya,” said the sources.
“Along with the students’ shift, the staff have also been shifted and now the present teachers, who are teaching at Snehalya, are also going to teach the shifted students on alternate days,” informed the sources.
Meanwhile, after the shift around 110 boys are left in Snehalya who are also now accommodated according to their age groups as per the provisions made in the Juvenile Justice Act. The vacant girls’ hostel has now been given to the boys of a smaller age group who earlier were living together with the elder boys.
While earlier Snehalya had two separate hostels for girls and boys but, according to the provisions mentioned in the Juvenile Justice Act, the Snehalya did not have a wall separating both genders.
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