The Delhi government on Wednesday asked the police commissioner to file FIRs against the Arya orphanage management and the staffers.
Minister for child and welfare department Kiran Walia on Wednesday said the government had asked the police commissioner to act on the Child Welfare Committee's (CWC) report on alleged cases of serial sexual abuse at the orphanage.
"Through a letter, we have asked the police commissioner to register FIRs against staffers who have been allegedly abusing the children. Also, we have directed the commissioner to file FIRs against persons having the actual charge or control over juveniles exposed or willfully neglected by them," said Walia.
According to the Delhi government, FIRs should be registered against the management, which controls the orphanage, for causing mental and physical suffering to the children under section 23 of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2000.
An 11-year-old girl, a resident of Arya orphanage, died on December 24 after being raped over a period of time. A report by an NGO and the semi-judicial body CWC had pointed out cases of serial sexual and physical abuse at the orphanage.
Sources said, the police had been asking other children living in the orphanage about the alleged abuse but they were too scared to reveal anything.
"The police should act on the report of the CWC, a semi-judicial body. The children have given names of staffers and rather than questioning the children again they should use CWC report to lodge FIRs and arrest the accused," said an official.
The police are likely to arrest two staffers of the orphanage on Thursday for physically assaulting the children. The police have also got hold of two more eyewitnesses. Their statement will be recorded on Sunday before the CWC.