Shreen (name changed) was 18 years old when she ran away from a private house in Ganderbal district in central Kashmir. After facing physical abuse from her teachers she retaliated and slapped one of her teachers who used to beat her for no reason.
Many children like her are forced to study and live in these private homes which lack even basic facilities.
Justice Hasnain Masoodi and a handful of others are at the forefront of a battle to rescue children from private homes spread across the state. These homes are run illegally, and cases of abuse have emerged periodically. Most of them, state authorities say, are not registered under the Integrated Child Protection Scheme and routinely flout the Jammu & Kashmir Juvenile Justice Act.
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