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Involvement of RSS, Hindu organisations alleged
State asked to arrest those involved and repatriate the children
Bangalore: The Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has initiated an inquiry into allegations of child trafficking from Meghalaya to the State in the guise of providing children better educational opportunities.
Commission Chairperson Nina Nayak told The Hindu that the inquiry followed four complaints by four individuals and organisations, who had earlier lodged complaints to the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights.
The complainants have alleged the involvement of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and Hindu religious institutions in it. “Three members of the commission have visited two of the institutions in connection with the complaint on a fact-finding mission. A full-fledged inquiry will follow,” she said.
The team has so far visited Abhinava Bharati in Mandya district and JSS Vidyarthi Nilaya at Suttur in Mysore district and spoken to children from Meghalaya and Manipur staying in these institutions.
Convenor of Joint Action Forum of Child Rights Alliances in Karnataka S.B. Uday Kumar, one of the complainants, told The Hindu that they have complained to Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, Chairperson of the Karnataka State Legal Service Authority, Department of Women and Child Welfare (DWCD) and Karnataka State Human Rights Commission, citing a report in a national news magazine.
The Dakshina Kannada CWC earlier brought alleged cases of trafficking from Meghalaya to the attention of the DWDC in Meghalaya. The Action Forum has demanded that the government take all allegedly trafficked children into custody with immediate effect, arrest all people involved and repatriate children who have been brought from Meghalaya.
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