Child trafficking case
TN Govt forward info to State

Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, August 21: In connection with the rescue of children from Manipur in Tamil nadu, authorities of the southern State has officially sent a detailed report of the 22 children tracked from an unauthorized home in Kancheepuram district near Chennai.

A letter to this effect was sent by the commissioner of social defence department, Jayashree Raghunandan to the director of State's social welfare department through Child Line Imphal, said Child Line coordinator Mala Lisham.

Mala placed the message to the states social welfare department today for necessary perusal and appropriate steps on the matter.

The letter said the children including two girls all from Moreh town of Chandel district were rescued jointly by the district administration, Child Line, Chennai and Child Welfare Committee from the unrecognized orphanage home at Padappai, Kancheepuram under Life Trust NGO.

Inquiry made so far into the matter found that "the said NGO is not a recognized one for running an orphanage and the children lacked proper place to stay, was in poor sanitation, care food, education and health facilities," the commissioner said adding that the CWC, Chengalpattu is issuing necessary orders to transfer the children to CWC in Manipur for further management.

"I request you to take necessary action to receive the children by CWC of your state and provide a boarding school to accommodate these children who expressed that they want to study in Navodaya schools in Manipur," the commissioner said.

In a separate letter faxed to Child Line Imphal the commissioner is informed to have said that the rescued children were shifted to a nearby rescue shelter where they have been provided food, recreation facilities and other amenities under the aegis of various departments of Tamil Nadu government until such time the CWC's procedures to transfer to Manipur comes into effect.

Mala said in June this year these children, all below 14 years, were taken from their parents by one Justine Zou from Manipur on the promise of giving free education and accommodation and later kept at the unauthorized children home at Kancheepuram.

This followed in the wake of widespread public protest against kidnapping of over 30 children by underground cadres for recruiting them as child soldiers.