Sketchy Records Delay Bid to Trace Pollachi Kids’ Parents
COIMBATORE: Officials trying to trace the guardians of the inmates of the home run by the Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church (TELC) in Pollachi have hit a dead end, with the facility’s records not shedding light on the details of 18 children.
With three days having passed since the closure of the home after two minor girls were raped by a history-sheeter, officials were yet to trace the parents of the remaining 18 inmates, all aged below 13. This delay has prompted the authorities to further investigate the functioning of the home.
According to a member of Child Welfare Committee (CWC), “Of the 18 children, 17 boys and one girl, shifted to Don Bosco Anbu Illam, only three have shown willingness to join their parents. However, their details are sketchy and officials are finding it difficult to trace their parents. However, we have found that five children are from Sivaganga district.”
The 18 children were shifted to Don Bosco Anbu Illam, which functions as reception unit for the Child Welfare Committee, on Thursday night. With CWC slated to take the final call on the children on Tuesday, authorities were thinking of alternative facilities to shift them to.
Child Welfare Committee officials were planning to shift the children to the government-run home in Erode district, in case their parents did not come forward, as there was no such facility in the district.
However, the age of inmates of the TELC home might become an issue, as the Erode facility accommodates children only above the age of eight years. The Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Society-run home children are aged between six and 13 years.
Of the 11 government-run children’s homes in the State, Coimbatore is entitled to share the facilities at Dharmapuri and Erode districts.
Moreover, the home at Erode has also provisions for the children to continue their studies, CWC officials said.