Govt passes order to rein in errant agencies


NEW DELHI: On a day three children between the ages of 11 and 13 from were rescued from the Paharganj area, the Delhi government has passed an order asking all placement agencies to register themselves with police stations. Hailing from the district of Bardhaman in West Bengal, the kids were rescued from bonded labour. There are allegations of at least one of them being subjected to sodomy.

“Placement agencies have never been monitored. This process will help us in two ways. We can keep tabs on the establishment of such agencies, the number of domestic helps registered with them and the new ones being brought to the city each day. This will stop abuse of men and women. Secondly, we can now carry an initial verification of all the helps,” said a senior officer at the police headquarters.

The police began investigations into dubious placement agencies operating from west and southwest Delhi after at least two minors – brought from Assam and West Bengal – claimed they were raped in Delhi before being either “sold off” or placed as domestic servants in Haryana.

The latest incident came to light after the NGO Shakti Vahini recovered the three children from a small manufacturing unit and local dhabas. “The boys told us how one of them was sodomized after being brought to Delhi from Bardhaman in West Bengal. The Delhi police has registered a case,” said volunteer Rishikant.

Rishikant claimed that this was not the first time such a case had been reported. “Another girl from Jharkhand had been raped in the Punjabi Bagh-Shakurpur area last November. No one has been arrested so far”, he said. The Punjabi Bagh police denied having recorded the last incident.

Earlier, a probe into a fake adoption racket run by a doctor and two NGO workers had led police to question the existence of several dubious placement agencies. These agencies opened up their own NGOs which then rescued and kept children in their custody without legal authentication. The police said that the Juvenile Justice Act 34 (3) clearly states that it is a mandatory regulation for child care institutions to be registered by the government.

“Several such organizations have come to our notice who have flouted the rules,” said a senior crime branch officer. We are now taking the help of the Child Welfare Committees in identifying these rogues,” said a senior officer. He added that NGOs who deal with kidnapped and missing girl children are under scanner.

It was while investigating these cases, that the crime branch arrested one Amit alias Mittu who claimed to be running a NGO – Jiwan Sewa EK Prayas – and introduced himself as a reporter from a local police station. “When we checked his background, we found that he was involved in two murders at Rohtak and Punjab. In the second incident, he had murdered a taxi driver operating out of IGI airport. Upon his release recently, he had snatched a Toyota Corolla from the Palam Vihar area. The accused was arrested from the Dwarka sector 12 area,” said Ashok Chand, DCP (crime).


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