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No complaint received in Apna Ghar probe: Karnal DC

chandigarh Updated: Aug 02, 2012 17:54 IST
Vishal Joshi

Amidst reports of children at a child care center, Apna Ghar, being sexually and physically assaulted, the district administration on Thursday denied any such issue.

It said no complaint has been received so far in this regard and no order to register an FIR was ever issued to the police.

The administration also blamed the media for airing and publishing "incorrect stories" about the "sensitive issue involving children".

It was alleged in the media that at least three inmates of Apna Ghar, a Rohtak-based shelter home were subjected to sexual exploitation in 2011 by the care center officials while others were beaten up at the center.

On July 30, the district administration had shifted all eleven inmates, including five girls to two different orphanages of the town.

According to the media reports, the administration's decision to remove the inmates from Apna Ghar was done due to the suspicion that inmates were subjected to exploitation by the home staff.

However, speaking to the Hindustan Times on Thursday, Karnal deputy commissioner Renu S Phulia denied all these allegations.

She confirmed that three girls were shifted last year in August after their father, a poor daily wager from Bihar but settled in Karnal, had alleged that his three minor daughters were sexually abused at Apna Ghar and insisted his children to shift at a better care center.

"It was alleged that the three minor sisters were sexually exploited by the Apna Ghar officials but the medical examinations had denied any such charge. The girls were shifted to an orphanage in the town and they are doing very well there".

After that the father had never raised the issue again with the administration or the police, Phulia said.

When questioned on allegations of sudden development of closure of Apna Ghar, she said it was done in accordance of Juvenile Justice Act introduced recently.

"The shelter home was running at a commercial site with just two grimy rooms. After inspecting the home in June, we had asked the management to comply with the latest guidelines and register the home. After they failed to fulfill the orders, children were shifted to a better place," she replied.

"I was surprised when a private news channel and certain newspapers aired and published news without verifying the facts and distorting my versions. I had told reporters that an appropriate legal action would be initiated if any complaint is received but they (newspapers) wrongly attributed a comment of ordering a probe and FIR was issued" she said.

When asked about what led the administration to conduct medical examination of the 11 children shifted early this week from the shelter home, the DC replied, "It is a routine but mandatory exercise where medical examination of inmates is done before their admission at a shelter home," adding all eleven inmates would be medically examined at the civil hospital by Friday.