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AMBALA: Finding a shelter for HIV positive minor orphan siblings (a 12-year-old boy and a nine-year-old girl) has turned out to be a mammoth task for the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) in the absence of a child care institution (CCI) in Ambala.



Nitish Sharma

Tribune News Service

Ambala, March 17

Finding a shelter for HIV positive minor orphan siblings (a 12-year-old boy and a nine-year-old girl) has turned out to be a mammoth task for the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) in the absence of a child care institution (CCI) in Ambala.

While the minor girl is currently staying at an open shelter home in Panchkula, the boy is lodged in a TB hospital in Ambala City as he is suspected to be suffering from TB as well.

Gurdev Singh, a member of the CWC, said “The parents of the minors have died due to HIV and relatives have refused to keep them following which an NGO contacted us nearly a week ago and they were sent to Panchkula. However, even the child home in Panchkula has refused to keep them. The boy was taken to a ‘fit facility’ in Naraingarh from where he was taken to a TB hospital in Ambala City on Friday.”

“The father of the children died nearly six months ago, while their mother died on February 25. The children are very young and we don’t want to separate them as after the death of their parents, they need the support of each other. Both of them have repeatedly been asking us to reunite them, but we are helpless as there is no child care institution in Ambala following which the girl is currently staying at an open shelter home in Panchkula. Efforts are being made to provide counselling to her,” he added.

The CWC member said, “After getting a report on whether or not the boy has TB, he will be taken to the PGI for HIV treatment and the girl will also be taken next week. We want to reunite children at the earliest and after starting their treatment, they will be shifted to a child home in Karnal.”

Mohit Aggarwal, a CWC member, said “We have been raising the issue of the absence of a CCI in Ambala for a long time, but to no avail.   An NGO wanted to open a CCI in Ambala, but the file is pending at the district level. Orphans are at the receiving end in the absence of a CCI 

in Ambala. The CWC is repeatedly forced to request such committees of other districts to keep children of Ambala. We have raised the issue with the Director of Women and Child Development Department too.”

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