Orphanage abuse case: Delhi CM orders probe

Last Updated: Monday, February 20, 2012 - 16:01

New Delhi: Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit
today ordered an inquiry into the alleged sexual abuse of
children at a privately-run orphanage here and asked officials
to go "deep down" to issues being faced by inmates to prevent
their recurrence.

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

"We have ordered an inquiry. They (the inquiry committee)
will enquire the real reasons so that we can go deep down into
them," Dikshit said.

The Chief Minister said government would look at the
deeper issues and come out with measures to ensure that
children living at orphanages do not face any problem.

"We have already appointed an administrator who is
looking into the issues. We will see what should be done to
prevent such incidents," she said, adding members of the probe
panel will be announced tomorrow.

Police has already arrested four persons in connection
with the alleged sexual abuse on children in the orphanage.

Women and Child Welfare Minister Kiran Walia, who has
been pressing for a detailed inquiry into the functioning of
the orphanage, said it has not been registered with the
government under the Juvenile Justice Act and so it was not
possible to take punitive action against it.

"If it was registered with the government, then we could
have taken action. But still we are pursuing the case
vigorously," she said, adding that Child Welfare Committee was
also looking at condition of the children in the orphanage and
had been providing counselling.

PTI



First Published: Monday, February 20, 2012 - 15:06

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