Children are considered to be a gift from the God, but perhaps God forgot to fix name tags on some of them; forgot to assign them their guardians, leaving them all alone in the world to survive on their own. For such children, termed as orphans, it is man himself who has to come to their rescue. In the state of Haryana, to support the living of orphans, half of them who are destitute and with no place to live, hardly anything has been done to improve their lot.
The services offered at some of the local orphanages currently lack even basic amenities such as lodging, proper meals, clothes, books, and healthcare for the orphans. It is indeed a pathetic state of affairs that no attention is paid towards their security and protection. Very often, in some or the other newspaper or news channel, we get to hear about inhumane activities occurring in the orphanages with the children, ranging from discrimination to child abuse, while several heinous acts remain undiscovered.
Also, citizens need motivation in form of government support to help play a part in the development of human resource by doing his/her bit. Donations are being routed nefariously to other activities and volunteers end up filling up their own pockets. Infrastructure maintenance and revamping of the orphanages in the state is badly lagging. No help is forthcoming from administrative quarters for any kind of upliftment of the orphans either at the physical or at the political level. The orphanages are ill equipped to handle numbers and lack adequate trained staff and volunteers.
To keep a check on the working of all the orphanages, while it has been made mandatory by the government for all child care institutes, whether government or voluntary, to acquire registration under the Orphanages and Other Charitable Homes Act, 1960 and the Juvenile Justice Act, 2000, the lack of enforcement and coordination between authorities and the police continues.
To put an end to all the ill acts at the state-run as well as independent non-government orphanages in Haryana, it is very crucial that strict actions must be taken in time to save children from exploitation. There is a need to reduce the vulnerability of the orphans to the brutal acts like child abuse, drug trade, prostitution, child labour, slavery, etc. Once impressed upon the young minds, the impact of the harsh experiences has far reaching adverse consequences. The concerned authorities must ensure that the staff employed at the orphanages should be qualified enough as per the requirement of the organisation and should deliver his/her duties with full sincerity. All available resources must be utilised to the fullest to develop these children into assets for the state and the nation by making them respectable and productive members of society.
Apart from good care and quality education, it is important that the state take good care and coordinate with agencies to be empathetic to the orphans' needs and encourage their development in order to make them efficient enough to earn a living and become a part of the mainstream.