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Mose Ministries children home

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Trichy: Years after they were separated from their families as children, three young women inmates of the Mose Ministries children home in Trichy reunited with their parents here on Tuesday. “The officials handed over two young women to their parents here today.

Their DNAs had already matched,” Trichy collector S Sivarasu told. He said another girl would be going home with her parents on Wednesday. With the exit of three girls, the number of inmates at the Mose Ministries children home under the supervision of the district social welfare office (DSWO) has come down to 82. The family members of the three girls assembled at a meeting hall at the collector’s office.

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It was a poignant moment as the women were meeting their families after many years. The children’s home functioning at Subramaniapuram in Trichy was infamous for alleged child trafficking from Usilampatti in Madurai a couple of decades ago. The issue was being investigated by the CBI on the orders of the Madurai bench of Madras high court. The case had gone to the Supreme Court following an appeal by some of the young women for freedom from the home and the custody of the district social welfare office (DSWO). The Supreme Court-appointed committee comprising the district social welfare officer, chairperson of child welfare committee (CWC), district child protection officer (DCPO) and two members of Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW) facilitated the reunion by counselling the parents and the women. While the DNA of 43 women matched that of their parents, around 10 people from Usilampatti area in Madurai were willing to undergo DNA test to check if their daughters were residing in the home.

Mose Ministries children home had been embroiled in a controversy after an inspection by the child welfare committee (CWC) in 2015 brought to light the functioning of the unregistered home with 89 girl children since 1994. The home should have been registered under Juvenile Justice Act 1986 or Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000 (Central Act 56 of 2000). The home management claimed that it had saved the girls from female infanticide which was prevalent in Usilampatti area.

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