The Delhi government-appointed administrator to look into the functioning of Arya Orphanage has said the boys and girls need well-trained counsellors.
PP Dhal, the government administrator, gave this direction on the day five counsellors, on behalf of the government, met children at the orphanage.
"We have chosen five counsellors who will talk to over 1,000 children at the orphanage in the next few days. The children need counselling and the result will take time," Dhal said. He himself spoke to 4-5 children on Friday and said they will take time to speak out.
"I have asked the orphanage authority to appoint two superintendents, one each for boys and girls section. Many universities offer post-graduate degree in social work. The orphanage needs such professionals," he added.
The management has informed the administrator that medical examination of all the children will be conducted in the next three days. Meanwhile, the administrator has asked the management not to admit any new child into the home. Since the tenure of the administrator has not been fixed, Dhal will continue to oversee the functioning of the orphanage till the government requires.
Also, Delhi police have decided to carry further investigation in the case on the direction of the Child Welfare Committee (CWC). The CWC will also chalk out an action plan to ensure all provisions and guidelines of the Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act are being followed.
"The statement of one child will be recorded on Saturday which will follow the arrest of the orphanage staff," a police officer said.
"The children are emotionally very vulnerable and need support. From Friday, counsellors will interact with these children on a regular basis to get more information from them," said a senior Delhi government official.
An 11-year-old girl, resident of the orphanage, had died on December 24 after being raped by an inmate over a period of time.