Unregistered homes hand over 35 girls

DC | V. ASHOK KUMAR
Published Aug 7, 2014, 10:45 am IST
Updated Mar 31, 2019, 1:58 pm IST
The orphanages are hesitant to shelter girls due to safety concerns
Picture for representational purpose   (Photo: DC archives)
 Picture for representational purpose (Photo: DC archives)

Coimbatore: After an official crackdown on unregistered homes in Coimbatore, the orphanages which failed to fall in line with norms, have begun to surrender girl students sheltered with them to the Child Welfare Committee (CWC).

At least 30 unregistered homes continue to function in Coimbatore district even two months after two minor girls were raped in the unsafe, unregistered Tamil Evnagelical Lutheran Church home at Pollachi on the night of June 11.

 

Following the government’s intensive drive against unregistered homes, four homes including the ill-fated Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church (TELC) home in Pollachi were shut down. Now, the unregistered homes which are unable to comply with the safety norms laid down by the government are now threatening to surrender the inmates, especially the girl children. Two homes have already surrendered 35 girls to the Child Welfare Committee.

“The orphanages are hesitant to shelter girls due to safety concerns and they are unable to meet the prescribed safety standards. A city based home has surrendered 15 girls while another on the outskirts has sent away  20 girls. As these girls hail from poor families, most of their parents may not afford to educate them,” said G Vijaya, Coimbatore District Child Protection Officer.   

 

The official refused to divulge the details of the homes that surrendered the girls. However, the two orphanages have assured to take the girl children back shortly after constructing a new building. The CWC officials have sent some of the students with parents, while the remaining girls are sheltered in other homes.

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Location: Tamil Nadu




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