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SC asks NCPCR to inquire into trafficking of children

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 21:59

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today
ordered an inquiry by National Commission for Protection of
Child Rights (NCPCR) into trafficking of children from
Manipur and Assam to Tamil Nadu on the pretext of providing
them better education.


"We would like to have inquiry into the matter," a
bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justices
Deepak Verma and B S Chauhan said while asking the Commission
to place its report within four weeks and posted the matter
for hearing in May.

The bench said, "There was need for some
investigation" as children belonging to the poor families from
north-eastern regions were lured by some illegal organisations
on the pretext of providing better education.


The apex court was hearing the issue of recovery of 76
children from Assam and Manipur, who were lodged in an
unregistered children`s home in Kanyakumari district.


It asked the Tamil Nadu government to furnish names
of the children who were rescued in January from Kanyakumari
district as also that of their parents.

The state government, which filed an affidavit on the
issue, said that the probe by the Kanyakumari Superintendent
of Police has established that the 76 children from Manipur
and Assam were brought to Tamil Nadu by one Rev Paul from the
north-eastern region on promise of providing them better
education.


Paul, who is absconding, had first admitted the
children in a school in Chennai and later moved them to Kerala
and subsequently to Kanayakumari from where they were
rescued, the affidavit said.


Additional Solicitor General Indira Jaising and
advocate Aparna Bhat, who is assisting the court as amicus
curaie in the matter, submitted that the matter was of serious
concern and some directions by the bench would help in
stopping such activities.


During the hearing, the bench said there are some
organisations which are engaged in providing education to the
poor but there are also some which, on the pretext of
providing better education, are receiving huge aid from
abroad.


"If children are getting better education then this
type of PIL should not come as a problem in genuine cases,"
the bench said.


However, it said, "It also appears that in the name of
providing better education, some organisations must be getting
foreign aid. Initially they admit children and on that basis
receive huge grant and invest some part of it on the
children".

-PTI

First Published: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 21:59
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