Delhi govt appoints panel to probe orphanage abuse
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.
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