Seventy six boys from Assam and Manipur in the age group of 6 to 14 years have been rescued from ‘Betesta Blessing Home’ at Kuzhithurai, Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu on 23.01.2010 after they were found in squalid conditions in the Home. Also, twenty two children from Manipur, which included 11 girls, were rescued in Chennai on 21.01.2010 after they were found in squalid conditions in a house at Sholinganallur and in “Reach Children Home” at Mogappair.
Hon’ ble Supreme Court of India has directed National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) on 31.03.2010 to carry out an inquiry into the matter. The children in Tamil Nadu have been rescued and restored to their parents and guardians in Assam and Manipur. Action has also been taken by the Tamil Nadu Police against the accused persons.
A large number of children’s homes are not registered with Government although Section 34 (3) of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of children) Act, 2000 makes registration mandatory. The State Government of Tamil Nadu has initiated a compulsory registration drive under this Section. This information was given by Smt. Krishna Tirath, Minister of State for Women and Child Development (Independent Charge) in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.
(Release ID :61648)