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Raids To Be Conducted At All Illegal Shelter Homes Across Odisha: Minister


02 December 2018

Mohammed Ishtiyaque


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Bhubaneswar: Raids will be conducted at all illegal shelter homes across Odisha with help from police and other organisations said Women and Child Development Minister, Prafulla Samal, in wake of the arrest of in-charge and Founder of the children's home run by Good News India (GNI) at Beltikiri in Dhenkanal.

Samal said that all the District Collectors have been asked to shut down shelter homes running without the required registration under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 and rehabilitate the children staying there. The Collectors have also been instructed to take stringent action against the violators.

As per the JJ Act, all child care institutions should be registered under the Act. Samal informed that around 270 children homes across Odisha have been registered till date and applications of few others were discarded for not fulfilling the required criteria.

The GNI's application seeking registration for its shelter homes had also been rejected. Following which the organisation had moved the court and secured stay orders for two of its shelter homes. It has around 22 such homes across the State and few others outside the State.

Samal further said that the arrest of the in-charge and Founder of GNI's Dhenkanal-based shelter home will be an example for people running such institutions without registration so that they will be afraid and surrender before concerned authorities.

Reportedly, Founder of GNI, Faiz Rahman, was arrested from Anantapur in Phulnakhara today along with Assistant director, Udit Lima. The in-charge of the Dhenkanal-based shelter home, Simanchal Naik, had been arrested on Saturday.

Meanwhile, a 4-member team of Puri Child Welfare Committee (CWC), on instruction of the District Collector, conducted raid on another shelter home of GNI situated at Penthakata. Reportedly, the district administration had closed the said shelter home in 2017.

Also Read: Dhenkanal Shelter Home Shame: Founder Arrested, Charged Under POCSO Act

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Prafulla Samal, Minister, Women & Child Development Department, Odisha