Judge inspects unregistered home

Acting on the Madras High Court Bench orders, a Judge on Saturday inspected the unregistered Mose Ministries Children Home here which has been accused of accommodating 89 girls without authorisation.

As part of the detailed inspection, the First Additional District Judge, Madurai Deepthi Arivunithi examined various aspects including the infrastructure at the 20-year-old home in Subramaniapuram area. The Judge interacted with the children individually in the morning.

Child Welfare Committee chairman and advocate Indira Gandhi and the District Social Welfare Officer S. Usha accompanied the Judge during the course of the inspection that lasted several hours. A report would be filed to the High Court, sources said.

The High Court passed the interim order on a petition filed by A. Narayanan, director, Change India, a non-governmental organisation, that the home housed 89 girls without authorisation. The children were allegedly brought from Usilampatti and other places when they were infants.

A few months ago, the Social Welfare Department ordered the home to hand over the minor girls to the Child Welfare Committee and those above 18 years to the Social Welfare Department.

The order was issued after it was found that the home had not registered itself under the Juvenile Justice Act which was mandatory and was not maintaining proper records of children. The K.K. Nagar had booked a case against the home on a complaint from the District Social Welfare Officer a few months ago.

Stiff resistance

Efforts by the Social Welfare Department officials to rescue the children met with stiff resistance from the girls in September.

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