Forced Conversion Of Children: NCPCR Writes To TN CS, DGP

KOLKATA | Updated: 11 September, 2022 4:23 pm IST

Following reports of forced conversion of children, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) wrote to the Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary and Director General of Police for the submission of the Action Taken Report along with a copy of the First Information Report (FIR).

The NCPCR also called for a statement from children and their parents, along with relevant records. The commission said that all the details needed to be submitted to it within three days.

The move came after the Tamil Nadu State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (TNSCPCR), in its report, said that a non-registered child care institution (CCI) aided by the government “was lodging girls from poor family backgrounds who were then forced to follow Christianity”.

The TNSCPCR informed that the state authorities are not responding to their calls now and they have come to know through a staff member that the officials of the Social Defence Department are supporting the CSI School Management while preventing the rescue operations from taking place.

Other than the forced conversion, the TNSCPCR also found that girls residing there also sought immediate help from them for their rescue. The girls also shared their contact details with them for their help. It is further stated in the report that PO James immediately instructed the DCPO and CWC to rescue the girls.

“However, some girls from the said CCI called the TNSCPCR on 09.09.22 to inform them that they have yet to be rescued from the CCI and are being abused by the hostel warden now. They further shared that now their parents have been asked to come and give consent to the school management that their children can stay in the hostel,” NCPCR said.

The Commission has asked that the girls should be rescued from the said CCI within 24 hours, and must be produced before the Child Welfare Committee for the recording of their statements and proper counselling as per the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, 2015.

The NCPCR also stated that plans shall be made for the rehabilitation and restoration of the children, either to their parental homes or to any other suitable facility or CCl as required by law.

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