Nepalese girls in TN orphanage: CBI probe sought

Last Updated: Monday, September 12, 2011 - 14:28

Coimbatore: About 500 activists of different
Hindu outfits today staged a demonstration in front of an
orphanage in Sulur on the outskirts, from where 23 Nepalese
girls were rescued recently, demanding a CBI inquiry in the
functioning the institution, funds received by it and also
arresting its promoters for the alleged illegal activities.

The agitators, led by Hindu Munnani and VHP leaders,
raising slogans against Michael Job Orphanage, wanted both the
Centre and State governments to order an inquiry into its
functioning and alleged that it was involving in religious
conversion.

Accusing the orphanage of indulging in international
trafficking of girls, the outfits said that a detailed inquiry
would throw lights on the orphanage, since keeping girls of
foreign origin was a offence under various acts.

Meanwhile, the girls, aged between and 18 years, rescued
by the District Child Welfare Committee and kept at
Government-run shelter, were shifted to another home run by
NGO, Kovai Marialaya in Ganapati in the city, as they
complained of poor facilities, including food, at the social
welfare department`s home.

According to Committee sources, the girls were likely to
be handed over to Nepal Government, through Nepal Embassy in
Delhi, instead of earlier plan to take them to Gorakhpur in
Uttar Pradesh, so that the parents of the girls come and take
them personally. However, the decision would be left to the
social welfare ministry, they said.

In the meantime, the district administration has sought
details from the orphanage over the presence of the girls and
asked to submit relevant documents within 15 days, as the
orphanage had claimed that the children were brought by
another orphanage in Nepal.

PTI



First Published: Monday, September 12, 2011 - 14:28
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