The National Human Rights Commission on Wednesday issued notice to Kerala government after nine girls went missing from a shelter home in Manganam near Kottayam.
The nine girls were later traced by the police at the home of one of the inmates a few hours later, where they resisted their return to the shelter home, reported The New Indian Express.
The missing girls, including child sex abuse complainants, stay at a shelter home run by an non-governmental organisation named Mahila Samakhya on the directions of the Child Welfare Committee.
The NHRC in its notice said that this is the third such incident reported from Kottyam in recent months.
“It appears that there is a lack of supervision and effective monitoring of the shelter home, run by an NGO, Mahila Samakhya,” the human rights body said.
It added: “Despite this, it is accredited by the Social Justice Department and the Child Welfare Committee. It seems that the inmates are not satisfied or happy with their stay in this shelter home. There is a prima facie possibility of some kind of inhuman and undignified treatment being meted out to these girls forcing them to leave it.”
The human rights organisation has asked the Kerala chief secretary to submit a report on the incident along with the action taken…