64 child care homes operating without meeting standard

"As many as 880 children, including 249 girls, were rescued from 64 child care homes operating in various districts, without meeting minimum standards prescribed by the existing law," according to this article from the Himalayan Times. The children have since been reunited with their families or "or rehabilitated as per the law,” according to Nepal's Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens. The Central Child Welfare Board, the agency charged with inspecting children's care homes and enforcing the Standards for Operation and Management of Residential Child Care Homes, removes children from these facilities when they are found not to meet mininum standards. The board also makes recommendations for reforms or closures of these child care homes if required.

According to the Board, some children in the child care homes have been found admitted with insufficient or fake documents and there have been several reports of sexual abuse in some of the homes as well. "

In 2014, four cases were registered against child care homes for sexual exploitation of girls, and perpetrators were slapped a jail term. Two complaints of paedophilia were also filed against international volunteers. Poverty of parents is seen as one of the aggravating factors for separation of children from their families, though it is not the sole reason."