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Gurgaon: Second child care home of Ujawal Niketan told to shut down

The CCI in Hayatpur was established in 2005 in a farmhouse and there were 14 inmates in the CCI, including nine girls. The five boys are shifted to Udyan CCI in Narshinghpur, Gurgaon, and the girls were shifted to Aarushi Home CCI in July.

gurgaon Updated: Aug 01, 2017 23:20 IST
Leena Dhankhar
Ujjwal Niketan’s child care institute in Sector 4 was shut in March for accepting two minor girls and releasing them for adoption against the rules of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015.
Ujjwal Niketan’s child care institute in Sector 4 was shut in March for accepting two minor girls and releasing them for adoption against the rules of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015. (Parveen Kumar/HT)

Cracking down on Ujwal Niketan, a charitable trust operating two child care institute (CCI) in Gurgaon, the department of women and child development (WCD) ordered on Tuesday the closure of a second CCI Hayatpur village in Gurgaon.

The home, which houses both boys and girls, was asked to shut down following violations. In March, Ujwal Niketan’s CCI for girls in Sector 4 was shut after violations in adoption procedures had surfaced there.

The CCI in Hayatpur was established in 2005 in a farmhouse and there were 14 inmates in the CCI, including nine girls. The five boys are shifted to Udyan CCI in Narshinghpur, Gurgaon, and the girls were shifted to Aarushi Home CCI in July.

The Punjab and Haryana high court had formed a three-member observation committee in February to visit each CCI in Gurgaon once a month. The team, after receiving complaints from the CWC, visited the CCI in Hayatpur on July 6. The team found discrepancies in records related to children.

Two boys were found missing from CCI Hayatpur and later the team found that the boys were sent to Goa Ujwal Niketan. The police rescued the boys and brought them back to Gurgaon in July 14. The CCI records showed that the boys were studying at an ITI in Goa but no documents could be provided for the same.

Two cases have been registered against Sister Lily Baretto, chairperson of Ujwal Niketan, for irregularities and forgery in Hayatpur CCI on July 6 and 14. A court rejected her anticipatory bail on Saturday and she is evading police questioning. A separate case was also registered against Baretto in July on charges of illegal adoption and trafficking under Juvenile Justice Act.

One of the cases includes charges under POCSO Act against her driver for sexually harassing a minor inmate. An inmate of the CCI had allegedly revealed to the CWC in March that she was raped several times by Baretto’s driver and when she complained, she was beaten and asked to keep quiet.

The driver Madan was arrested in mid-July, Sector 10 police said.

The CCI in Sector 4 had come under the scanner for releasing two minor girls for adoption without following the necessary procedures listed under the JJ Act. The centre was declared illegal by the district administration in February and was closed in March.

The incident came to the fore after CWC officials visited the CCI in November last year and found several violations. They started counselling the girls and in one of the sessions, the 13-year-old girl narrated her ordeal and requested the officials to take her “out of the hell”, CWC officials claimed.

“More than 10 children’s religion is believed to have been changed as the documents mentioned sister Baretto as the girls’ mother and Baretto’s father as the girls’ father. How can a father and daughter be the parents?” said Shakuntala Dhull, chairperson, CWC.

The CWC records also show that 12 girls from Gurgaon Ujwal Niketan CCI were staying in Goa without any record.

“We are in touch with the CCI in Goa and they have informed us that five more girls are staying there in a CCI, which is also operated by Baretto. That CCI is not registered with the Goa CWC and was running illegally,” Dhull said.

The statements of the girls have been recorded by the CWC. “A medical test of two girls was conducted but other girls have not given consent for the same,” Dhull said.

“There are three cases wherein records have to be checked and our team has already left for Goa for further investigation. We will arrest the accused once all records are collected,” said DCP (crime) Sumit Kuhar.

Baretto was unavailable for comment.