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Shelter home case: Maneka Gandhi orders inquiry, slams Odisha govt for failure in children safety

8/12/2018 at 8:00 PM

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: Taking strong note of the alleged sexual abuse incidents and religious conversions in Beltikiri shelter home in Dhenkanal, the Central government today ordered an inquiry into the case.

In a letter to Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, union minister for women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi apprised him that she has asked her secretary to conduct an inquiry. She also directed the NCPCR to inspect all the shelter homes in Odisha, Gandhi mentioned in the letter.

She stated that the incidents revealed utter failure of State government in taking basic precautionary measures for the safety of children.

The union minister also mentioned in the letter that the NGO-Good News India- has been operating in Odisha for the past two years without registration under juvenile justice act, 2015.

She expressed shock over the functioning of the shelter home even as the license had expired last month, which was confirmed by the district child protection officer.

The incident highlights ‘a lack of oversight by state government authorities on statutory compliance for running a shelter home’, Gandhi added in her letter.

She expressed shock over ‘such horrors’ which were being carried out in  alocation only 10 km away from district headquarters.

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