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Dhenkanal Shelter Home Shame: Chargesheet Filed Against Founder, NCPCR Reveals Religious Conversion

07 February 2019


Bhubaneswar: In a new development to Dhenkanal shelter home shame, police has filed a chargesheet against prime accused founder of Beltikri ‘Good News India’ Shelter Home, Faiz Rahman at the Orissa High Court.

Hearing on his bail plea is scheduled tomorrow, stated reports. He had moved the High Court on December 19, last year seeking bail. Rahman was arrested on December 2 in connection with the sexual harassment case after his shelter home had been sealed by the district administration.

National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) had initiated a probe into the case after the inmates of the shelter home had leveled sexual harassment charges against the founder. A video of the founder forcefully baptizing the girls had also done he rounds following which NCPCR had begun inspection 56 randomly-selected children's homes in 19 districts of Odisha.

As many as 28 child care institutions in the State do not have basic facilities such as proper toilets, safe drinking water, air coolers for summer and cooking gas stove and in many of these homes the children are kept in "unhygienic conditions", the apex child rights body said in its report.

"Homes may be closed due to multiple reasons like home is running without valid registration, a large number of children kept without the order of child welfare committee, children are being influenced for religious convergence, lack of basic facilities, no female staff in the home despite girls are staying the home, and no care plan for children," the NCPCR said in its report, as accessed by a news agency.

Inadequate security arrangements were found in 21 homes. The report stated that no sufficient number of security cameras have been installed in the homes and not sufficient number of security guards have been engaged for protection of the homes.

NCPCR also recommended FIRs may be registered or police enquiry may be carried out against 13 homes for violation of various provisions of the Juvenile Justice Act. Besides, further enquiry is required in six homes for detailed information, children from nine homes may be produced to the respective child welfare committees for their individual cases and immediate necessary action has to be taken in eight homes, the report concluded.

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