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NGO Denies Missing Children, But NCPCR Supports Report | India News


GUWAHATI / NEW DELHI: Markazul Ma’arif on Saturday rebutted the National Commission for the Protection of Children’s Rights (NCPCR) report, which alleged that the NGO’s six child care institutions in Assam and Manipur wasted funds from various sources, including some from abroad, and has requested an investigation into the status of some 300 “disappeared” children.
However, the head of the main children’s rights body stayed true to the commission’s report and demanded to know whether the children from these six homes were placed there on the orders of the child welfare committees (CWC).
Assam MP Maulana Badruddin Ajmal has set up these homes, one of which allegedly received funding from an international NGO linked to al-Qaida.
Markazul Ma’arif’s secretary, Khalilur Rahman Laskar, told TOI: “The figure of 1,080 inmates in our five orphanages that the commission has indicated in its report is the 2015 enrollment figure. Currently, we have 900 children with us and 180 of them have passed out or abandoned. ”
“On December 15, 16 and 17, a team from the commission suddenly visited us and produced this report. But we were not asked to give any explanation about the situation of our children, who are no longer in our institutes, “he added.
However, NCPCR chief Priyank Kanoongo said: “When the commission team went to inspect these houses, three of them did not have any registration certificates to show. None of the homes showed any records to the inspection team regarding the number of children placed there as per CWC orders. Under the Juvenile Justice Act, all children must be placed in a children’s home only by order of the CAQ. ”
NCPCR has requested that funding sources and use of funds be investigated. Kanoongo said: “I would like to ask Markazul Ma’arif if the CWC knew that any information on children to be covered by the project was being shared with a foreign funded organization. We are concerned about the safety of the children due to the deficiencies observed in the institutions during the inspections. It is these observations that have made us recommend FIRs under the JJ Law and an investigation on issues related to financing. ”
Laskar said: “We are registered as an NGO with the NCPCR and the state commission. We are also a registered NGO under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act 1976 and every penny we receive from abroad is scrutinized by the government of India … “He added:” If any foreign funding agency has ties terrorists, how are you supposed to know about them … it is the government that must warn us before we take funds from such agencies. ”

Times of India