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Do not take in new kids: Govt

The management of central Delhi's Arya orphanage has been told not to admit any new child till the inquiry into the alleged serial sexual abuse is over.

delhi Updated: Feb 17, 2012 00:45 IST
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The management of central Delhi's Arya orphanage has been told not to admit any new child till the inquiry into the alleged serial sexual abuse is over.

Government administrator PP Dhal, who has been appointed to look into the functioning of the orphanage, issued these directions to the management on Thursday.

The administrator, in consultation with the Child Welfare Committee (CWC), will also chalk out an action plan to ensure that all provisions and guidelines of the Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act are being followed.

"Till the inquiry into the alleged sexual and physical assault is on, we have directed the management not to admit new children," said a senior Delhi government official.

Counsellors and CWC officials will visit the orphanage from Friday to talk to the children.

The administrator's tenure has not been fixed and he will continue to oversee the functioning of the orphanage till the government requires.

"The children are emotionally very vulnerable and they need support. From Friday, counsellors will interact with them on a regular basis to get more information from them," said a senior Delhi government official.

In addition to this, the administrator and CWC officials will check the space available inside the orphanage and the number of children living there.

An 11-year-old girl, a resident of Arya orphanage, had died on December 24 after being raped over a period of time. A report had pointed out cases of serial sexual and physical abuse.