20 girls held illegally in B’luru orphanage: NCPCR Chairman

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Priyank Kanoongo, The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) chairperson has made alarming allegations against an illegal orphanage operating in Bengaluru. Kanoongo revealed that during a surprise inspection, it was discovered that approximately 20 girls are being held practically imprisoned in the facility. Operated by a woman named Salma, the orphanage reportedly lacks basic amenities and educational opportunities for the girls under its care.

According to Kanoongo, the girls are deprived of schooling, and the facility lacks proper ventilation, with no windows or skylights present. Furthermore, the girls’ confinement extends to arrangements for their marriages, allegedly orchestrated by Salma, with the intention of trafficking them to Kuwait. This disturbing revelation suggests a pattern of exploitation, with similar cases reported in South India.

During the investigation, tensions escalated when goons associated with the orphanage attempted to disrupt proceedings. Despite police intervention, Kanoongo asserts that the Karnataka government’s failure to take decisive action indicates a concerning trend of appeasement towards criminals.

The Bengaluru Police have been alerted to the situation, and necessary actions are expected to be taken. The exposure of this illegal orphanage sheds light on the harrowing reality faced by vulnerable girls and underscores the urgent need for robust measures to combat human trafficking and protect the rights of children.

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