Complainants to be shifted to another home for destitute

  • Vinod Kumar, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Apr 24, 2014 11:19 IST

With an aim to thwart any pressure on the inmates of Bal Niketan — a home for orphan girls in Sector 15 — on whose complaint an FIR was lodged against 50-year-old supervisor of the home for sexually harassing them, the UT social welfare department has decided to shift the complainants to another government-run destitute home.

As many as 16 girls in the age g roup of 8 to 16 had deposed before the four-member committee which found supervisor Manish Arora guilty. Out of total, 12 had given statements against the accused.

Social welfare department director Rajesh Jogpal said at present, the police investigation was in progress and statements of the victims were being recorded. “Just to ensure that they are not put under any pressure from the staff or any other quarters, we have decided to shift them to other place,” said Jogpal.

The department has written to the child welfare committee (CWC) to transfer the children to Snehalaya, a Chandigarh administration-run home for destitute children at Maloya.

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