In order to gather evidence against boys who allegedly sexually abused three minors at a children home affiliated to an organisation headed by National Advisory Council member Harsh Mander, the Delhi Police have decided to conduct a medical examination on the victims.
The police filed an FIR in the case on Tuesday following a directive from the Child Welfare Committee (CWC). While the accused boys have been booked for unnatural sex, the person in charge of the home, one Harish, faces charges under the Juvenile Justice Act for not informing the police about the incident.
During investigation, the police found that three boys of Umeed Aman Ghar, situated in south Delhi's Mehrauli, were abused by their seniors in February.
"Our investigation revealed that two boys were sodomised and the third was forced into unnatural activities. Our report is based on the statements of the abused children. Now since the FIR has been filed, we will go for medical examination," a senior police officer said, requesting anonymity.
The sexual abuse came to light in the first week of July when a former employee of Umeed Aman Ghar lodged a complaint with the CWC.
The former employee alleged that three inmates were sexually abused by older boys but no action was taken against them.
Since the organisation had expelled the children after the matter was brought to their notice, the police are now finding it difficult to trace them.
"We have identified them but the children home doesn't have any record of their whereabouts. There is also confusion about their age and once arrested, an age determination test will be conducted on them to confirm that they are not juveniles," the officer added.
Umeed Aman Ghar, in a statement, had said: "Criminalising children wouldn't help reform them. But this doesn't mean we did not take action. The alleged offenders were immediately expelled from the home."
The children’s home, which houses 104 former street children (boys), said it was just following the Child Protection Policy.
The CWC has also directed Delhi government to consider revocation of the provisional licence given to the children home. The police are also planning to meet more children living in the shelter to check if there are more abuse cases.