TAMIL NADU

Unregistered home: Committee formed

A committee headed by the Collector has been constituted to execute the High Court order with respect to the unregistered home for girls run by Mose Ministries in the city.

Sources in the district administration said the committee held a discussion on Thursday on the course of action to be taken.

The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court, while disposing a public interest litigation, had directed the CBI to expedite the probe into the affairs of the home and had said that 82 inmates who had already attained the age of 18 years should be allowed to live wherever they wish even if the parentage of some of the girls had been established through DNA test. Those who want to continue in the home should be allowed to do so.

The court had also directed the Collector to shift seven minor girls to a home run by Periyar Maniammai Trust at K.K. Nagar in Tiruchi.

Sources in the district administration indicated that the committee, comprising representatives of the Child Welfare Committee, among others, would submit a report to the Department of Social Welfare. The committee is likely to ascertain the wishes of the inmates. Some of the parents whose DNA had matched with those of a section of inmates of the home had sought custody of their children.