Bi­har adop­tion cen­tre di­rec­tor, 4 oth­ers jailed for ‘child abuse’

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation - Ab­dul Qadir

Gaya: Five per­sons, in­clud­ing the di­rec­tor and two women staff of a govern­ment-funded adop­tion cen­tre at Lakhibagh in Bi­har’s Gaya district, were ar­rested on Satur­day on charges of child abuse. The ac­cused have been booked un­der Sec­tions 6 and 9 of Pocso Act and Sec­tions 34 and 120(B) of IPC and sent to jail.

Un­claimed and aban­doned children were kept at the cen­tre run by an NGO, ECOVIK. It has been sealed and its 13 in­mates shifted to other fa­cil­i­ties lo­cated in Munger and Na­landa, Gaya SSP Ra­jiv Mishra said. “The in­mates were med­i­cally ex­am­ined be­fore they were shifted,” he added. As per govern­ment records, there are 24 adop­tion cen­tres across Bi­har for aban­doned children, who are handed over to peo­ple de­sirous of adopt­ing a child. As per re­ports, a US cou­ple had adopted a girl in­mate of the Lakhibagh cen­tre some months ago. When the girl com­plained of “prob­lems” in her pri­vate parts, the cou­ple sought med­i­cal help. Doc­tors in the US ex­am­ined her and opined she was ear­lier abused.

The cou­ple con­tacted In­dian em­bassy fol­low­ing which state Child Pro­tec­tion Unit of­fi­cials in­spected the adop­tion cen­tre on Satur­day. SHO Ru­pesh Ku­mar Sinha said an of­fi­cial of state So­cial Wel­fare Depart­ment was com­plainant in the case. Sources said, be­sides the alleged child abuse, the cen­tre’s man­age­ment have been found in­volved in mis­use of govern­ment funds re­ceived to run fa­cil­ity. In De­cem­ber last year, death penalty was pre­scribed for of­fences com­mit­ted un­der Sec­tion 6 of Pocso Act.

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