2 minor girls go missing from Snehalaya, traced

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Oct 11, 2014 13:44 IST

Two minor girls, who went missing from Snehalaya on Friday morning, were traced by a team of police and officials of the social welfare department. Both girls are 15-year-old. It may be mentioned that one of the girls, who had eloped from the destitute home, had alleged being gangraped and it was only after her mother moved court that her medical examination was done.

Director social welfare Tilak Raj said the girls were found missing on Friday morning. The police were informed and one of the girls was found at her parent’s home in Maloya, while the other was at the residence of her relative in Sector 42.

Sector 39 station house officer (SHO) Gurmukh Singh said one of the inmates went to a relative’s who informed the police. The SHO further said the inmates were brought back. “We will record the statements of the girls and get their medical examination conducted,” he added.

Tilak Raj said they had formed a committee which would take decision on giving back the girls to their respective families.

Snehalaya is a home to children between the age of 5-18, who are found on streets, single parent children, orphans and those abandoned. The children are admitted after a scrutiny by the Child Welfare Committee.

In the past few years, many children have fled from the home, putting a question mark on the security arrangements and training of the staff.

Tilak Raj said they have marked an inquiry and action would be taken if any lapse was found.

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