Jammu & Kashmir

Illegal orphanage in Kathua busted


Delhi, Sept 15: Once again the Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir has hit the headlines when police raided an illegal orphanage, run by a Church Father, and rescued 20 children.

The police rescued 20 children out of which eight were girls and all of them are aged between 5-14 years.These children have accused the priest who handled the orphanage for sexually and physically harassing them and along with many other serious allegations.

The orphanage was functional from a rented premise, without any legal registrations and formalities, and it did not have a name as well. As per sources, the medical tests of the children are being conducted and they have been shifted to government-run orphanages.

​Jitendra Mishra, Assistant Commissioner, said , 'After gaining knowledge about the illegal orphanages, we came to the place and found out that information was true. The children have been rescued and the authorities were taken into police custody.'

The orphanage has been operating for the several years under the nose of the state's administration. Shockingly, there was no woman warden for the eight girl inmates. During preliminary investigation, the Father, who runs the orphanage, claimed that they have been associated with a Missionary organization located in Pathankot. The statement of the children had been recorded and further investigations are under way.