THANJAVUR: As many as 27 children, between the ages of 10 and 17 were rescued from a children’s home near Kumbakonam as it was not registered under the JJ Act, on Wednesday.
According to sources, 41 child care institutions function in Thanjavur district. Of which 40 were registered under the Juvenile Justice Act as. However, the U R Kudil alias Sivasakthi Ashramam at Maruthanallur near Kumbakonam on Needamangalam Road was not.
Sources said that their proposal to register the home was rejected for various reasons including the inadequate staff strength. Also, despite knowing details of biological parents of most children, the name of the administrator, Jyothi Loganathan, was recorded as the parent of all children. The home administration supposedly refuses to send the children with their parents even if they wanted to take their wards back.
Meanwhile, a team led by L Saraswathy, District Child Protection officer visited the home, along with Kumbakonam Tashildar and police and rescued the children. They were produced before the Child Welfare Committee which entrusted the temporary maintenance to the District Child Protection Unit.