Odisha children rescued from Tamilnadu church


19 Odisha kids rescued in COIMBATORE and 18 from Kanyakumari

 Bajarang Dala and Vanabasi Kalyana Asharam demanded for judicial inquiry

KANYAKUMARI (TN): Eighteen children from Odisha, allegedly confined illegally in the premises of a church near here by a priest, were today rescued by police of Tamilnadu.

The 18 children, including three girls, were found in the church at Maanjakonam in the district during a raid conducted by police on information, police said.Image

This has come to light barely four-days after a batch of 18 Odisha children were rescued from a church premise in Kanyakumari district.

The Social Welfare Department unearthed the racket while probing the recent incident in Kanyakumari district. “We found that the children were brought to Kanyakumari by the accused priest Claret from the Blessing Welfare Society located at Sirumugai in Coimbatoredistrict,” said a highly-placed source.

The Coimbatore district police had alerted the Social Welfare Department about large number of Odisha children illegally held at the Blessing Welfare Society home nearly nine months. But apparently, the officials had not considered the tip-off with due seriousness even in the wake of 23 Nepal girls rescued from the Micheal Job Orphange.

Rajkumar, who was running the home, is now under judicial custody after the Kanyakumari police arrested him three days ago. “The children were taken from the parents by promising that they  will be given quality education and other facilities. But the children were not even sent to school and were kept confined in a room under inhumane conditions,” said Pradip K Patra, state coordinator of Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS), Odisha, who is in the State to retrieve the children.

Nellai Group Homeward

The Tirunelveli Child Welfare Committee was on Wednesday ordered to take back the 18 children rescued from a church, to their native, Odisha. B Nalan of the CWC said the children left for Odisha on a train via Chennai on Wednesday.


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