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30 minor children rescued from illegal hostel in Kandhamal

Thirty minor children were rescued from an illegal private children’s home at Baliguda in Kandhamal district.

This hostel for poor tribal and Dalit children was raided by the police along with activists of Childline. District Child Protection Officer (DCPO) Rashmita Karan and members of district Child Protection Committee participated in the raid. Rescued children have been sheltered at Banabasi Seva Samity at Baliguda. Most of them were from remote villages of Kandhamal district, while some of them were from adjoining Gajapati district. According to officials, their parents were being contacted so that they could be properly rehabilitated.

All the rescued children were studying in Classes I to X. The hostel management had promised better education and life for these children. It is alleged that money was also being collected from parents.

The hostel was not registered despite directives of the administration. It did not have proper infrastructure to house the children. According to the rescued children, as there was no toilet facility in the building they were staying in and they had to go out in the fields. They added that they were also involved in labour at their hostel, including cooking work and gathering firewood from nearby jungle for their kitchen.

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