Inmates of home for boys crave for freedom with dignity
The concept of open schooling, intending to integrate the children in the shelter homes run by the Department of Juvenile Welfare and Correctional Services with their peer group outside, came under the scanner during the Children’s Day celebrations at the Government Home for Boys at Sanivarapupeta on the city outskirts on Wednesday. The mix-up the inmates of the home had with the children of their age outside in the process of learning at the local zilla parishad high school did hardly cheer them all.
Crux of interaction
This was the crux of an interaction Collector G. Vanimohan had with the inmates of the home during the celebrations. The home authorities are sending a little over 30 inmates to the zilla parishad high school daily to pursue higher studies from class IV to X with an escort as part of open schooling.
“I am being ill-treated by my classmates when I come to school with an escort,” complains K. Bhaji, an inmate studying in Class IV. “The escorting curtails my freedom and also brands me as an offender,” he adds while stating that a section of school teachers were attributing his inability to keep pace with others in academics to his ‘background’. Other inmates joined him saying some of them preferred to run away from the home in search of ‘freedom and dignity’ outside. Collector took a serious note of the complaints and directed District Child Protection Officer Suryachakraveni to hold a senisitisation programme in the school with students and teachers to bring about an attitudinal change in them for a better integration with the children in need of care and protection.
Srikanth sought to exercise his right for parental care love. At 18, a runaway boy only knows the names of his mother and father (Lakshmi and Nageswara Rao). He does not know how they are. Nor did he know where they live. “At the age of five, I found my way into the home. I am very much craving for the love and care of my mother. Kindly, help me have a reunion with my mother,” Srikanth urged the Collector.
Collector takes a serious note of the complaints He directs District Child Protection Officer to hold a senisitisation programme
Collector takes a serious note of the complaints
He directs District Child Protection Officer to hold a senisitisation programme