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Rotary Club washes hands off sexual abuse case

india Updated: Sep 07, 2013 20:52 IST
HT Correspondent

Washing its hands off the sexual exploitation case of five mentally-challenged girls in Rotary Inner Wheel Home for Mentally-Retarded Children, Jammu, the management of Rotary Club on Saturday said it had no role in the entire episode.

Chief zonal chairman, Rotary Club, Jammu-Tawi, Dushyant Chowdhary told mediapersons that, "Rotary Club has nothing to do with the issue. Our role is limited. Besides giving moral support and providing financial assistance, Rotary has no other role in the home. We only sign cheques. Rotary has only two members out of 17 in the management of Rotary Inner Wheel Home for Mentally-Retarded Children, Channi Rama. The board members supervise the working in honorary capacity."

Surprisingly, even as the issue had hit headlines and a high-level inquiry was ordered by the local administration, which led to the detention of two of its employees by the police, he said, "Till date, we do not know if any complaint has been made about any wrongdoing in the Rotary Inner Wheel Home for Mentally-Retarded Children.

Police are investigating the case and we are not privy to full facts of the case. We only came to know about the issue when it was highlighted in the media that the district administration has initiated a probe."

To a question whether Rotary Club is going to initiate an inquiry at its level, he said, "The district administration has taken all necessary documents from the home and they had restrained us from taking any action. Till date, the district administration has not shared any details about the investigation."

He though informed that a team from Rotary Club, Chicago, will be visiting Jammu soon to verify the facts in the wake of allegations against the home.

On the statement by the warden of the home that the issue of girls being molested for last one year and it was brought to the notice of the management, Dushyant said, "No such complaint was received."

The two members of Rotary Club in the board of Rotary Inner Wheel Home for Mentally-Retarded Children are secretary Rajinder Kapor and treasurer VP Munshi.