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Missing Khunti shelter home girls traced to Uttarakhand

An 11-year-old and another 13-year-old girl fled a government-aided shelter home in Sahyog village on the night of August 5 using a ladder.

ranchi Updated: Aug 17, 2018 10:12 IST
Sanjoy Dey & Nihi Sharma
Sanjoy Dey & Nihi Sharma
Hindustan Times, Ranchi/Dehradun
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The girls were rescued by Child Line, an NGO working for child rights, from Haridwar and shifted to the government-run State Girls’ Shelter Home (SGSH) in Kedarpuram in Dehradun.(AFP/Picture for representation)

Two minor girls who fled a government-aided shelter home — Sahyog village in Jharkhand’s Khunti district were traced in Uttarakhand, officials said on Thursday.

The girls were rescued by Child Line, an NGO working for child rights, from Haridwar and shifted to government-run State Girls’ Shelter Home (SGSH), Kedarpuram, in Dehradun, said district child protection officer (DCPO) of Khunti, Altaf Khan. Khan is the investigating officer of the case.

“We will send a four-member team comprising a sub-inspector, a protection officer and two woman constables to bring the girls to Khunti on Friday,” Khan said.

An 11-year-old and another 13-year-old girl fled the Sahyog village on the night of August 5 using a ladder, according to the CCTV footage collected by the district administration.

Torn pages of a notebook helped the management of State Girl’s Shelter Home (SGSH) in Dehradun track the whereabouts of two minor girls, who were found in Haridwar on August 13. They were handed over to child welfare committee (CWC), Haridwar unit, the same day and on August 14 were brought to Dehradun.

“When the girls were handed over to us, we checked their belongings. There was a notebook which was torn to pieces. But, we somehow managed to join the pieces and found a mobile number. Luckily, that contact belonged to Sahyog village management,” Meena Singh, the superintendent of the SGSH informed.

“The CWC team that handed them to us directed not to talk about their native place. So, we didn’t. They are absolutely fine and eating well,” she added.

Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Garhwal, Ajay Rautela added, “The girls are safe and will be handed over to Jharkhand administration upon their arrival.”

Khunti shelter home superintendent Sosan Purty said she received a call on Wednesday afternoon from the Dehradun-based shelter home, who said that the two girls were staying there.

First Published: Aug 16, 2018 23:09 IST