Phulbani, Dec 3 (LocalWire) The Kandhamal district administration has sealed a privately-run shelter home for children at G. Udayagiri for allegedly functioning without registration under Juvenile Justice Act on Sunday night.
According to officials, all 142 inmates of the home, including 113 girls and 23 boys, have been shifted to child care institutions, running with government support at G.Udayagiri and Kalinga.
The girls are housed at G. Udayagiri, while the boys were sent to Kalinga, said District Child Protection Officer (DCPO) Rasmita Karana on Monday.
District Child Protection Officer and Child Welfare Committee (CWC) members, along with activists of Childline, raided Dream Centre Shelter Home, run by NGO Good News India, following the directions of the government.
The Odisha government has ordered district collectors across the state to inspect all shelter homes, following sexual harassment allegation by girl inmates of Dream Centre Shelter Home at Beltikiri in Dhenkanal district.
“During our verification, we came to know, the home’s validation of registration expired on October 10, 2018. We had issued a one-month show-cause notice to the home authorities on October 30. The authorities, however, did not reply to the show-causes by November 30 deadline,” said the DCPO.
The home was running at Udayagiri since last six years, Karana said.
She further said that shelter officials did not oppose to the raid and shifting of children.
Karana, however, said no FIR was filed against the authorities of the home.