Hyderabad: In the wake of the recent bust of a begging mafia run by a bogus orphanage at Rajendranagar, the Cyberabad police has decided to conduct thorough checks on the existing 75 homes, including orphanages, in the commissionerate limits that shelter children. The police have also planned to do a survey and determine if any incidents of sexual abuse have taken place at these orphanages.
As many as 36 children between the ages of six and eight years, including six girls, were rescued during an operation by the Golconda police and the DCPU, from an unregistered orphaned children home named ‘Dove’ located at Gandhamguda in Band-laguda of Rajendra-nagar.
Four days ago, the Hyderabad District Child Protection Unit received a tip off that some children below the age of 10 were seen begging at Golconda. Immediately the officials of the DCPU and the police rushed to the spot and rescued the children.
The organisers, Ester Rani and Ramesh, had forced the children, admitted to their home for care, to beg at tourist places. “They forced the children to beg for raising funds for the orphanage. Cases have been registered against them and they were arrested.” said the Golconda inspector Mohammed Munawar.
“The organisers of Dove orphanage were arrested by the city police. We missed keeping an eye on them. There are 75 more shelter homes and orphanages in the commissionerate limits in Ranga Reddy district. We plan to thoroughly check each shelter home for lapses.” said Cyberabad DCP (Women Protection Cell) C. Anasuya.
After having failed to detect the illegal activities carried out at the orphanages, the Cyberabad police have now decided to thoroughly check the living conditions, safety and security of the minor children sheltered at orphanages and also other shelter homes that are functioning in the commissionerate limit. The DCP said, “We plan to do a survey and check if any such incidents of sexual abuse took place in the existing shelter homes, and also check the living conditions and safety of the children.”