Berhampur, August 3 (LocalWire): The district administration in Kandhamal on Friday shut down two illegal child care homes and rescued 71 children, including 61 boys and ten girls from the hostels here.
The rescued children aged between 5 to 15 years have been moved to a childcare institute in Baliguda as per the direction of the child welfare committee.
The illegal child care home at Bramhanigaon had 53 children, including three girls, while the second home at Gadapur had 18 kids, including seven girls and 11 boys.
“They had no registration or any document in support of the running of the hostel,” district child protection officer Rasmita Karana said.
While 30 of the rescued children from Gajapati district would be sent back to their home district, others will be rehabilitated to ensure the continuation of their study, she said.
The children were living in unhygienic condition, when there was no toilet in the Home at Gadapur, Karana informed, adding that, “In Bramhanigaon Home, there were three toilets, but it did not have separate toilets for girls.
The children were going to the nearby nalah for bathing very frequently. The owner of the home engaged the children in his own house and farm work and did not provide sufficient nutritious food to the children,” she said.
“We will file an FIR against the owners of the home for illegally running these and confining the children,” Karan said.