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Getting tough: P. Kannappan, Deputy Inspector General of Police, addressing a meeting at Tirunelveli Collectorate on Thursday.
Getting tough: P. Kannappan, Deputy Inspector General of Police, addressing a meeting at Tirunelveli Collectorate on Thursday.

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Orphanages and homes told to explain to SPs about adoptions

TIRUNELVELI: P. Kannappan, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Tirunelveli range, has set a 10-day deadline for the orphanages and homes in Tirunelveli, Kanyakumari and Tuticorin districts, which “sold” children in the guise of giving babies in adoption, to appear before the Superintendents of Police concerned to explain to them about such adoptions.

“Since we’ve already collected enough evidence to prove that some more orphanages or homes in this region had sold the babies under the pretext of giving them in adoption, as did by Valliyoor-based Anbu Illam. If they voluntarily and honestly disclose those transactions to the Superintendents of Police concerned before September 26, we can do whatever we can as per the existing provisions to legalise such adoptions. Otherwise, administrators of such fraudulent organisations will have to face serious consequences,” Mr. Kannappan warned in the meeting held at the Collectorate on Thursday with Collector M. Jayaraman in the chair to finalise the deadline for regularising the unauthorised orphanages and destitute homes.

Lucidly explaining his findings during the course of investigation of ‘Anbu Illam case’, the DIG said the 150-odd unauthorised orphanages and homes in Tirunelveli district should strengthen their infrastructure facilities as per norms before September 30 set by the Collector and get the formal approval.

Orphan children should be segregated based on their attitude, aptitude, physical and mental health, kept separately in appropriate homes and treated accordingly. Grown up girls in orphanages should not be employed as babysitters while employing boys as the personal assistant to the administrator of the home, “will attract severe punishments”.

Mr. Kannappan made it clear that the ‘bona fide certificates’ being given by the notary public for orphanages did not have any legal backing and hence unauthorised orphanages and homes should go for proper registration within September 30.

“Above all, you should take the children to the nearby government hospital for medical examination once in six months and get a certificate from the medical officer concerned,” the DIG warned.

Superintendent of Police Asra Garg said orphanages should maintain the ‘child file’ comprising the photograph of the baby at the time of entry, the history, physical and mental condition etc. for every individual case for future reference.

Concluding the discussion, Mr. Jayaraman said the district administration was keen on curbing the mushrooming of unauthorised homes or orphanages as only 68 of the 173 orphanages were registered and hence such organisations should get registered after creating mandatory facilities on their premises before September 30.

“A team comprising top officials will inspect your organisations within next 15 days and get all mandatory information from you,” the Collector said.

District Social Welfare Officer V. Uma Devi, Director of ‘Saranaalayam’, the only authorised orphanage for Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari districts to give children in adoption, Rev. Fr. Johnson and top officials attended the meeting.

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