Three officials of Govt Children's Home transferred over escape of 6 girls

Children's Home
Police outside Children's Home at Vellimadukunnu, Kozhikode.

Kozhikode: The superintendent and two other officials at the Government Children's Home at Vellimadukunnu have been transferred over the escape of six girl inmates on January 26.

Earlier, the inquiry report of the District Child Protection Officer (DCPO) gave a clean chit to the authorities in-charge of the shelter home.  The report by the DCPO said that there were no lapses on the part of the officers in connection with the incident.

The report also stated that of the 29 inmates at the Children's Home, only six girls, who were traced later and brought back to the Children's Home, complained about the functioning of the centre.

In the report submitted to the Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, it is said that these six girls had gone missing from their homes on earlier occasions too.

The Chairman of the Kozhikode District Child Welfare Association submitted a report on the matter to the Child Rights Commission on Tuesday.

However, Health Minister Veena George has directed that strict action be taken.

The minister's decision follows a report submitted by the Women and Child Development Department.

Meanwhile, PWD Minister PA Mohammed Riyas is expected to make an on-the-spot inspection so that ways to develop infrastructure and increase security at the centre could be understood.

Meanwhile, the parents of the three girls who were traced after a brief disappearance expressed their inability to take these children back home. Though the authorities of the Children's Home and the Child Welfare Association held discussions with the parents on the matter on Tuesday, the parents refused to take them back home, citing their poor financial condition to look after these girls.

The names of all the six girls were included in the "Kaval Plus" project implemented for those students who need special care and treatment. This project ensures services such as counselling for these girls at their homes by social workers.

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