20 girls rescued from TN handed over to parents

Officials of the Krishnagiri Child Welfare Committee sign papers before handing over the rescued children to their respective parents, at U Soso Tham Auditorium
in the city on Thursday. (ST)

SHILLONG: Almost five months after twenty girls from Meghalaya were taken to Tamil Nadu by Laisynshar Cultural Society with the consent of their parents but without obtaining necessary permission from the State Child Welfare Committee, the minors were finally brought back to the State on Thursday.
A formal reception to welcome the girls was held here on Thursday where the girls, as per the directive of the Madras High Court, were handed over to State Additional Chief Secretary BPO Warjri in the presence of other officials, following which the girls were handed over to their respective families.
Krishnagiri District Child Protection Officer M Sivagandhi, along with a social worker, police officials and women police constables, accompanied the girls.
Warjri thanked the Tamil Nadu Government and the Tamil Nadu Child Welfare Committee for playing a vital role in bringing back the girls safely to the State.
Following an order by the Madras High Court, the girls were rescued by the Tamil Nadu Child Welfare Committee from the custody of an unlicensed NGO in Krishnagiri district of Tamil Nadu, and kept at a government-run shelter home.
Warjri also informed that  the State Chief Secretary would send a compliance report to the Madras High Court.