After Khunti, minor girl flees from Ranchi shelter home

A district social welfare official said the minor escaped on Tuesday morning dodging the security gurad and an FIR has been filed in this regard.

Updated: Aug 09, 2018 15:06:29

By Sanjoy Dey

Jharkhand State Commission for Protection of Child Rights team (right) at the Sahyog village orphanage-cum-adoption centre in Khunti on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. (HT Photo)

After two girls went missing from a Khunti shelter home, now a minor girl has fled from a Ranchi-based shelter home-Nari Niketan ‘Snehashraya,’ run by district social welfare wing for distressed girls and women at Arsande in Kanke block, officials said on Wednesday.

District social welfare (DSWO), Kanchan Singh said, “The girl, around 17 years, fled from the shelter home on Tuesday morning dodging the security guard. An FIR has been lodged in this regard at Kanke police station.”

She said earlier the girl had escaped from Premashraya shelter home and was recovered from West Bengal’s Bankura district. “The girl was rescued by the Child Line and she was brought here by the child welfare committee,” she said, adding, the girl had claimed that her residence was at Kantatoli near Kabristan but her home could not be found there.

Meanwhile, the two girls, who went missing from Sahyog village in Khunti, were still traceless even as one of the girls rang up the superintendent of shelter home from Howrah on Wednesday morning.

“One of the girls called up the shelter home’s superintendent around 9am in the morning from a stranger’s phone and said she was calling from Howrah. The girl said they fled from the home in anger and they were returning back,” said district child protection officer (DCPO), Altaf Khan.

District administration has assigned DCPO to investigate the matter. “A four-member team, including two from Child Line and two from Sahyog village, has been formed and it has been sent to Howrah to bring them back,” Khan said.

Meanwhile, a panel of Jharkhand state commission for protection of child rights (JSCPCR) visited the Sahyog village on Wednesday for investigating the case.

JSCPCR member Ravindra Gupta said, “As per shelter home authority, the girls fled from the home by scaling the boundary wall, which we doubt. This is an almost impossible task for them to scale a 7-ft high boundary wall along 2-ft of fencing.”

He said, during investigation, it was found that the security guard at main gate was not on duty that night.

“When we talked to their roommates, they said the girls were already prepared to escape from the hostel,” he said.

Gupta further said, “During investigation, we found around 400 children were adopted from this shelter home since 2011 and around 50 children were adopted by people in different countries, including Spain, Canada and Italy. I will write to the government for re-verification of all 400 adoptions from the shelter home.”

First Published: Aug 09, 2018 15:05:56


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