Imphal, Feb 9:
In a recent development, five children have been rescued from a distressing situation at a school in Nashik, Maharashtra. The rescue operation followed reports of severe punishment and mistreatment faced by the children, raising concerns about violations of child protection laws. This report provides details of the rescue operation and the current status of the rescued children.
The children, originally from Manipur, were brought to Nashik with promises of free education at the Shri Swami Narayan English Medium School. However, their parents raised alarm when they learned of the harsh conditions their children were facing at the school.
Prompt action was taken by the Department of Social Welfare, Government of Manipur, upon receiving reports of the children’s plight. They swiftly contacted the authorities in Maharashtra, urging them to intervene and rescue the affected children. On February 3, 2024, the District Child Protection Unit (DCPU) in Nashik successfully rescued the five children from the school premises. The operation was conducted in coordination with the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) in Nashik, ensuring the safety and well-being of the rescued children.
Upon rescue, the children provided accounts of the harsh treatment and torture they endured at the hands of school authorities. Shockingly, one of the children bore physical marks of an air gun injury, highlighting the severity of the situation.
Following the rescue operation, the DCPU in Nashik initiated an inspection of the Shri Swami Narayan English Medium School to investigate the reported instances of child harassment. The findings of this inspection will be communicated to the CWC in Nashik for further action.
On February 8, 2024, the Child Welfare Committee in Nashik handed over the rescued children to representatives of the Social Welfare Department, Manipur. This handover took place with the active cooperation and support of local authorities, ensuring the children’s safe return to their home state.