Berhampur, Jan 9 (LocalWire): The member secretary of the Odisha state council for child welfare (OSCCW) today conducted an inquiry into the recent incident of 13 minor girls escaping from Utkal Balashram, a child care institute (CCI) here.
The girls aged between 12 and 16 years fled from the institute functioning under the OSCCW of woman and child welfare department last Monday.
Most of the escaped girls are rape survivors.
After preliminary inquiry, district administration said they had fled the home due to a quarrel that ensued between two groups of inmates.
Quamar Sultan Begum, member secretary of OSCCW said she would submit her report to the secretary of the woman and child welfare department soon.
‘I will submit my report to the principal secretary,’ she said.
She said while four of the inmates have been brought back to the home, seven others have been tracked by the search teams.
‘We hope others will return soon,’ she said. At least four search teams are on the lookout for the girls, sources said.
She said action has been taken against the security guard, watcher and home-mother of the Balashram.
District administration has suspended the three.
Member secretary of OSCCW has also inspected the infrastructure facilities of Balashram and discussed with the officials during her visit. Around 50 minor girls are housed in the home.