Court asks CBI to probe ‘Tamil child beggars’

Wants trafficking angle to be looked at
The Madras High Court on Friday took serious note of a submission made on behalf of M.B. Nirmal of Exnora International that many Tamil-speaking children were begging on the streets of Vadodara in Gujarat and asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to find out whether they were victims of child trafficking. Justices M. Sathyanarayanan and N. Seshasayee said it was a very serious issue if what had been reported to the court was true. They directed Special Public Prosecutor for CBI cases K. Srinivasan to inform the officials concerned, who were already probing a child missing case on court directions, to look into this complaint too.
The direction was issued during the hearing of a batch of cases related to child missing cases. One of the petitioner’s counsel brought it to the notice of the court that Krishna Kumar of Exnora International, who had gone to Gujarat in search of a missing Tamil child, ended up finding as many as six children at Pandia bridge in Vadodara. In a report filed on behalf of the Home Secretary, the department’s Deputy Secretary B. Murugesh said 87% of missing boys and girls were traced and handed back to their parents in 2017. In the current year too, 75% of missing children were traced by the police as per data available till the month of May. The officer went on to state that 3,039 children in need of care and protection, including 446 juvenile girls, were rescued from public places in 2017. In the current year, 1,608 children, including 214 juvenile girls were rescued from public places till the end of June.
Though a Juvenile Justice Fund had been created in the State and Rs. 33.53 lakh was available, only Rs. 10,000 each had been given to two victims of sexual abuse towards medical expenses, the report stated. Assistant IGP S. Maheswaran filed an identical report on behalf of the DGP.
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