Govt administrator takes over, orders medical test on kids
The children of Arya orphanage will be medically examined in a week to confirm if they were subjected to any kind of sexual abuse or physical assault in the premises. What nextdelhi Updated: Feb 16, 2012 01:33 IST
The children of Arya orphanage will be medically examined in a week to confirm if they were subjected to any kind of sexual abuse or physical assault in the premises.
After taking charge of the orphanage and inspecting the premises on Wednesday, government-appointed administrator PP Dhal ordered the management to submit a list of all children living there and get them medically examined."I visited the orphanage on Wednesday and asked management to provide me list of staff working at the orphanage and all the children living in the premises. All the children living in the orphanage will undergo a medical examination to find out whether any one of them has been abused in the orphanage," said Dhal.
"We have asked them to convey to their staff about the presence of an administrator in the orphanage so that they corporate with us," he said.
The administrator has recommended that a counsellor should be engaged to speak to the children and provide them emotional and psychological support.
The administrator will carry out another inspection on Thursday to discuss plans to shift the children out of the orphanage.
The tenure of the administrator has not been fixed and he will continue to oversee the functioning of the orphanage till the government wants him to do so.
The administrator said that under the Juvenile Justice Act, 2000, each child living in a children's institution should at least have 40 square feet of space but a preliminary survey has indicated that Arya orphanage does not meet that criteria.
"In the coming few days, we will check the space available inside the orphanage and the number of children living there. This will help us in chalking out a plan to improve the current situation," said Dhal.
First Published: Feb 15, 2012 23:36 IST