**Bhubaneswar:** The Dhenkanal shelter home sexual abuse scandal has sent shockwaves down the State’s spine. Following the raids conducted by Child Welfare Committee (CWC) at Good News India shelter home on Saturday, the Women & Child Development Minister Prafulla Samal has ordered the immediate shutting down of the institution and rehabilitation of the 62 inmates.
Samal said, “That organization had not been granted any kind of permission. They are running the shelter homes illegally. We have repeatedly asked these people to register their shelter homes under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, but they never do so. We have also warned them that if you don’t register then strict action will be taken against you and your permits will be cancelled. They have still violated these rules. So, we will take strict action against them and for the time-being, all 62 children will be shifted to the nearest safe and secure child-care institution. Parents will be informed as well and responsibility of the children will be handed over to them.”
“Over 20 branches of the shelter home are present in different districts. We have directed the collectors to investigate these branches and close them immediately,” he added.
Samal further explains, “In our State, there are over 270 child care institutions and all are registered under the JJ act. This shelter home was unregistered. Authorities of this particular institution had applied for a permit but the District Child Protection Officer had refused to grant them permission because they had not fulfilled certain conditions. They had also moved the High Court and were refused permission again. So, the authorities of the institution shut their operations and moved to a different place. A year back, they opened this shelter home at Dhenkanal and orphans, destitutes and kids from different parts of the State were staying there.”
“We are responsible for it. So, I demand that all these unregistered shelter homes be investigated with police intervention and the help of Odisha State Commission For Protection of Child Rights. Along with government officials, they should all investigate these places and inform the higher authorities about unregistered shelter homes,” he concluded.
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