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1,265 children died in adoption homes in five year : Centre Government of India

New Delhi 9th Feb. 2019: Government of India informed the Parliament on Friday(8th Feb. 2019) that 1265 child’s have been informed to have died in the specialised adoption agencies across all over India in different states in between April 2014 to January 31, 2019. These organizations provide children who are in the age group of 0-6 years. The Women and child growth minister of state Virendra Kumar, in a reply to a written question in Lok Sabha, on Friday shared that the highest number of deaths have been reported from Maharashtra (172), followed by Uttar Pradesh (170) and Bihar (134).


As per the data shared by the government in response to a question from Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, there are 484 SAAs registered with the government as of now and 26,464 children have been enrolled between April 2014 to January 31, 2019. While the scope of the Parliament reply does not cover details like age of children who died and the reasons for death, sources in the Central Adoption Resource Authority working closely with SAAs said that one of the reasons is the state in which the babies are found abandoned.

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Babies are left to die and are recovered with severe injuries or sickness and this can be a trigger for death, an official said. However, that is not the only reason, neglect and lack of adequate medical facilities in certain SAAs in some states is also a serious concern that is bothering the CARA top brass, sources said. For instance, in December, CARA wrote to Karnataka’s women and child development department over high mortality rate and the pitiable state of children in a SAA and a hospital catering to children with infections and illness.

CARA’s advisory committee members who visited the home stated in their report that five children have died in the institution between March to November in 2018. CARA has asked the state to inquire into the matter and take action. Similar concerns have cropped up in the past in Telangana and UP, sources said. CARA CEO Deepak Kumar told TOI that there were homes that were severely lacking in medical facilities and this needs urgent attention of the states.

FACT FILE
Death of children in adoption agencies from April 2014 to Jan 2019: 1,265.

Adoption agencies as on date: 484.

2014-19 Deaths: Maharashtra 172 | Uttar Pradesh 170 | Bihar 134 | Rajasthan 93 | Tamil Nadu 85 | Karnataka 81 | Telangana 79 | Kerala 69 | Jharkhand 64 | West Bengal 62 | Odisha 59 | Gujarat 51 | Madhya Pradesh 40 | Chhattisgarh 26 | Punjab 25 | Delhi 24 | Andhra Pradesh 23 | Assam 21.

Below 10 cases 2014-19:  Haryana 7 | Sikkim 1 | Manipur and Nagaland 2 each | Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand 3 each | Mizoram 4 | Pondicherry and Tripura 5 each.

No Cases of Death in the following State: Jammu & Kashmir, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Chandigarh, Goa, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Lakshadweep


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