Delhi govt appoints panel to probe orphanage abuse
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Last Updated: Sunday, February 26, 2012, 00:22
New Delhi: Delhi government today appointed an inquiry commission to probe the alleged sexual abuse of children and death of an inmate at a privately-run orphanage in Daryaganj area of the city.

The Commission of Inquiry (COE), to be headed by retired IAS officer Geeta Sagar, has been asked to file its report within one month. Another retired IAS officer Janak Juneja will be a member of the commission.

"The city government has set up a Commission of Enquiry to look into the issues and circumstances related to abuse of children and death of an inmate in mysterious circumstances in Arya Anathalaya," a government statement said.

The commission has been told to go deep into the issues relating to functioning of the orphanage and submit a detailed report with all feasible suggestions to enable the state government to fully curb such incidents in future and ensure an atmosphere conducive to the safety and well being of the children staying there.

The COE, set up under section 3 of the Commission of Inquiry Act 1954, has been also asked to look into the state of affairs in Arya Bal Grih, Arya Kanya Sadan, both in Darya Ganj, Chhatrawas Chandra Arya Vidya Mandir and Chandra Arya Vidyalaya, both in East Of Kailash.

The terms of reference of the commission include thorough study of management structure and overall functioning of the five homes and suggest improvement in their operation.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit earlier this week had announced the inquiry into the alleged sexual abuse of children at the orphanage.

In wake of the allegations, the government had appointed a senior official as administrator at the Arya Orphanage to oversee its functioning.


First Published: Sunday, February 26, 2012, 00:22

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