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CWC takes back 5 orphans from Vellore children’s home
Mahalingam Ponnusamy, TNN | May 3, 2011, 12.19am IST
CHENNAI: Five abandoned children were rescued from a children’s home called Sisu Bhavan in Velloreon Monday three days after their illegal adoptions came to be known. The district Child Welfare Committee (CWC) officials have sent the children to child care homes in Vellore and Chennai.
Of the five, four are female children and three have special needs. “Sisu Bhavan is not licensed to keep abandoned children in their custody,” R Chezhian, a member of the investigation team told the Times of India. The five children who were abandoned atChristian Medical College were transferred to Sisu Bhavan of Vellore. Two other abandoned children were illegally adopted from the hospital by staff. These two children will also be rescued soon, CWC officials said.
According to CWC officials, two children have been transferred to a home in Tirupattur. The two children with special needs have been sent to Chennai, and one has been admitted to CMC for treatment. “We are sending them to government-recognized homes for temporary custody; We will decide on our next move based on what the district magistrate tells us,” Chezhian said.
The Times of India carried an article on April 30 that Christian Medical College, Vellore, flouted rules and arranged for adoption and transfer of abandoned children to an unlicensed home. The district social welfare officer P Gomathy summoned hospital officials and staff of the children’s home. Interrogations revealed that the children were not transferred as per the norms.
“We have not received any document from the hospital that indicates they had obtained clearance from the police for the adoptions,” a CWC official said. “They have not maintained documents as per government norms,” officials said.
CWC officials said that they are waiting for directions from the court to interrogate the foster parents of the two other children who were adopted by hospital staff. The foster parents may be in Tirupattur and Vellore, a CWC official said.
“The Juvenile Justice Act does not have the power to punish the offenders. We can only investigate the case and refer to the court for police action,” a CWC officials replied when asked about why there has been a delay in fililng a First Information Report against the hospital and home.