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28 minors rescued from South-West locality in Kolkata

CHILDLINE 1098 Service » Case Studies » Abuse and Violence » 28 minors rescued from South-West locality in Kolkata

A large number of children in India end up within institutional care. Therefore, institutions for children need to function as substitute families, and must provide for the child's physical, emotional and development needs. In many cases, it is the 'care-givers' i.e. those who are entrusted with the care of the children in institutions, who are the abusers. Recently, there has been a significant increase in the number of cases of abuse-physical and sexual in institutions. Improving the quality of child care in residential institutions and shelters is a major challenge that needs to be addressed.

28 minors rescued from South-West locality in Kolkata

Sonal (name changed), a young frazzled girl was seen aimlessly roaming on the streets. The local police found her and discovered that she was an inmate of a neighboring NGO run shelter home.

CHILDLINE Kolkata was immediately informed about the child.

After taking the child into custody, a statement by the child revealed appalling details on the state of affairs in the shelter home. Shockingly, it was discovered that all the inmates at the shelter home were victims of sexual exploitation.

A complaint by a young girl helped orchestrates a massive rescue operation

28 minors, including 14 girls were rescued from this home in a joint intervention conducted by CHILDLINE, representatives of the CWC (Child Welfare Committee), the Police and 2 other NGOs. Many of the children were from far off states of Assam, Nagaland, Bihar and UP.

Further investigation was put into action when the State CWC said that allegations of sexual exploitation were brought in against the director of the organization. The team was also stunned to find that the director could not produce any document licensing for the organization to keep the children.

There was suspense over how the shelter home was run as the boys and girls were kept in the same premises, an occurrence unheard of amongst shelter homes.

Today, the girls are safe at a government-aided shelter home and the boys are at a CHILDLINE shelter. Efforts are on to contact their parents whilst respective CWCs have been notified about their rehabilitation. This case addresses a serious issue prevalent in India. It brings to light the real state of children in shelter homes across the country, calling for immediate action!

28 minors rescued from South-West locality in Kolkata