Two minor girls go missing from govt-aided shelter home in Jharkhand’s Khunti

The girls went missing from the government-aided shelter home, Sahyog Village, run by an NGO, in Hutar village of Khunti district.

Updated: Aug 08, 2018 15:21:10

By Sanjoy Dey

File photo of Shahyog village orphanage-cum-adoption centre at Hutar in Khunti, Jharkhand. (Diwakar Prasad/ HT Photo )

Two minor girls went missing from a government-aided shelter home, Sahyog Village, run by an NGO in Jharkhand’s Khunti district, said child welfare committee (CWC) members. The shelter home authority filed a complaint in this regard at Khunti police station on Tuesday.

The CWC members had visited the shelter home on Monday. “We were not informed about missing girls during the visit. When we reached office in the evening, we found a letter of the shelter home about missing of the girls,” said Basanti Munda, Khunti CWC member.

Khunti deputy commissioner (DC) Suraj Kumar said the district child protection officer (DCPO) has been assigned to probe into the case. “Once the report comes, we will be able to divulge more details in the case,” Kumar said.

Khunti DCPO Altaf Khan said alerts have been issued to all police stations. “A team was sent to Arki following information about the presence of one of the girls there,” he said.

Located in the Hutar village, around 50-km from Ranchi, Sahyog Village comprises three shelter homes, including child care institution (CCI), special adoption agency (SAA) and Nari Niketan. CCI houses 59 boys, while Nari Niketan houses 50 girls. The SAA provides shelters to 34 children, Sahyog village officials said.

The shelter home superintendent Sosan Purty said, “We filed a missing complaint with Khunti police station today.”

Giving details of the incident, Purty said, “After inspection in the morning, the caretaker informed us that two girls - one 13-year-old and another 11-year-old - were found missing. When we did not find the girls, we informed the Khunti CWC.” She said both of them were orphans.

A team of Jharkhand state commission for protection of child rights (JSCPCR) will visit the shelter home on Wednesday to investigate the case, said the commission chairperson, Arti Kujur.

JSCPCR had recently inspected the Sahyog village as part of state-wide inspection of shelter homes following government’s directive.

Chief minister Raghubar Das, during a meeting on July 10, had directed the child body to probe the functioning of the shelter homes and submit its report by August 15. The CM’s order had come after a Missionaries of Charity (MoC)-run shelter home in Ranchi was found to be allegedly selling newborns for adoption in early July.

“We found many irregularities during inspection of the shelter home. We found living campus for boys and girls were same, though living rooms were separate. Campus for girls and boys should be separate too,” Kujur said.

“We also found shortage of staff in the shelter home and deficiency in security aspect. We directed the shelter home officials to install CCTV cameras on the campus and increase the number of security guards,” she added.

The chairperson said final report of the shelter home was being prepared and would be submitted to the state government along with reports of all 24 districts.

“So far, the commission has completed its inspection in 21 districts. The process for remaining three districts will be completed in a day or two. We will submit the inspection reports to the government by August 11,” she said.

First Published: Aug 08, 2018 15:20:37


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