CHILDREN RESCUED FROM SEX ABUSE IN A JOINT RAID BY SHAKTI VAHINI AND NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR PROTECTION OF CHILD RIGHTS

CHILDREN RESCUED FROM SEX ABUSE IN A JOINT RAID BY SHAKTI VAHINI AND NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR PROTECTION OF CHILD RIGHTS
CHILDREN RESCUED FROM SEX ABUSE IN A JOINT RAID BY SHAKTI VAHINI AND NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR PROTECTION OF CHILD RIGHTS

Sunit Dhawan/TNS

Gurgaon, January 18

The son of an NGO president has been accused of sexually exploiting HIV-affected girl inmates of a protection home maintained by the NGO. During a raid conducted on the NGO premises yesterday, two girl inmates, aged 12 and 14 years, alleged that they had been sexually exploited by the accused. The counselling of the other inmates was on till the time of filing this report.

One of the victims is HIV-positive herself, while the other was staying at the protection home as her parents were HIV-infected. Since the accused is HIV-positive, there is a strong possibility of the HIV-negative girl having contracted the HIV infection. Her blood samples have been sent for pathological examination.

The matter pertains to Drone Foundation, an NGO which claims to support HIV-affected orphan children and is based at Maruti Kunj in Bhondsi near here. The protection home of the NGO housed nearly 15 inmates, including adolescent boys and girls.

Ankur Gupta, the son of NGO president Sunita Gupta and board member of the NGO himself, allegedly used to sexually exploit some inmates. Ankur is also stated to be HIV-positive. He also allegedly threatened them with dire consequences in case they revealed the matter before anybody.

A couple of girls approached the NGO president and apprised her of the matter, but to no avail. Rather, the girls were allegedly warned against disclosing the matter.

Finally, Bobby Sharma, a staffer at the NGO, reported the matter to Bharti Sharma, a former chairperson of the Child Welfare Council. She approached Shakti Vahini, a national voluntary organisation, engaged in the protection of child rights, and informed about the case.

Shakti Vahini executive director Nishi Kant immediately brought the matter to the notice of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), which deputed two officials to investigate the matter.

The NCPCR officials, along with Nishi Kant, Bharti Sharma, Gurgaon District Child Protection Officer and Deputy Commissioner of Police (South Gurgaon) raided the NGO premises.

Two girls, aged 12 and 14 years, told the team members that they were being sexually exploited by Ankur Gupta, who also threatened them with dire consequences in case they disclosed the matter.

As many as 14 HIV-affected children were rescued from the protection home during the raid. However, Ankur Gupta could not be arrested as he was not present there. All eight girl inmates were relocated to Naz Foundation in Delhi after their medical examination. The boys’ custody was given to the Child Protection Officer.An FIR has been lodged under various sections of the IPC and Section 23 of the Juvenile Justice Act in this regard.

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