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