18 girls rescued from illegal shelter home

18 girls rescued from illegal shelter home

Eighteen minor girls were rescued from an Illegal shelter home in west Delhi’s Nangal Raya area on Thursday, said an NGO.

The rescued girls, aged between 6 and 16 years, belonged to Bihar, Orissa, Nagaland and Nepal.

The rescue operation was led by Chairperson of Child Welfare Committee, local police and members of an NGO – Bachpan Bachao Andolan.

On Thursday at around 2 pm, members of the NGO reached the shelter home.

 “We saw the misery of girls. We were astonished to see a children home without any ventilation, direct sunlight and water supply,” said Rakesh Senger, Project Director of NGO.

“The girls were kept in two rooms which also had their belongings. The entire home was infested with cockroaches, rats and insects making it a difficult place to live in,” he added.
During the rescue operation it was found that most of children had similar textbooks although they said they were from different classes, the NGO said.

A rescued girl, Sunita (name changed) said that she was brought to Delhi two years ago. “I haven’t taken bath for the past two days. There has been a scarcity of water here,” she added.

Another girl, Rukmani (name changed) said that a woman brought her to Delhi. “My parents died long time ago. A lady from my village brought me here. I don’t know for what reason I am here,” said the six-year-old.

As per the orders of the Child Welfare Committee the rescued children have been shifted to Nirmal Chaaya Girl’s home.

Chairperson of the NGO R S Chaurisya said that Supreme Court has ordered that all the children home should have a proper licence and their activities should be monitored by the state government.

“But it is unfortunate that illegal homes like these still exist. They exploit innocent children brought from various states,” he added.

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