Six Mizoram girls housed in Dehradun shelter suspected to be trafficked

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Aizawl, December 23: As many as six girls from Mizoram (aged between 11 and 18 years) who were kept at a Dehradun-based children’s home called ‘River of Joy’ are not orphans and are suspected to have fallen victims to human trafficking.

This sensational revelation came to light after a team of district administration officials and members of state child welfare committee carried out an inspection of the home on Saturday after receiving a letter of verification seeking details of the children from the Mizoram State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MSCPCR).

During the inspection, it was informed that around 11 girls were staying at the centre. Out of these, seven were found to be from Mizoram.

The seven of them were brought from Mizoram by the home-in-charge. Parents of six inmates are from Tuikawi village in Mizoram and do not fall under the ‘Children in need and care of protection’ category. The seventh child from Mizoram is an orphan.However, the other six of them are not orphans and are suspected to be vulnerable to trafficking.

However, when inquired about the matter, the Dehradun district magistrate, SA Murugesan reportedly informed that the children were handed over after verification from their parents and were handed over as they are poor and cannot provide the minimum requirements. The Magistrate had further stated to verify the same with the district administration.