The Madras High Court on Thursday directed the Chairman of Child Welfare Committee in Krishnagiri to keep the 20 children of Meghalaya rescued from a hostel in the temporary custody till further orders.
In an interim order, Chief Justice of Madras High Court Rajesh Kumar Agrawal and justice K Ravichandra Baabu directed the chairman of Child Welfare Committee in Krishnagiri to keep the children in the non governmental organization Narendra Nambikkai Natchathiram in Hosur and appointed C Thirumagal, a sesions judge of Magalir Neethimandram in Krishnagiri to monitor the welfare measures provided to the children.
After going through the status report filed by Child Welfare Committee as well as the sub-collector of Hosur and also rejoinder affidavit of parents, the judges passed the interim order to protect the welfare of the children during the pendency of the proceedings.
The children were moved from a hostel trust to Meghalaya to a temporary shelter Nambikkai Natchathiram, in Hosur, after the Child Welfare Committee took cognizance of a complaint filed by one Narayanan and invoked section 38 of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2000. In its status report CWC said the hostel violated the provision of the Juvenile Justice Act by trafficking the girl children from Meghalaya to Tamil Nadu.“We would like to ensure that these children are being taken care of during the pendency of the proceedings,” the judges observed.