Hyderabad: 2 booked after minors made to clean drain

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Both women were released on bail after they were produced in the court, said inspector Narasimha Reddy.

Hyderabad: The police has registered a case against two women officials of AGAPE orphanage for HIV-positive patients for allegedly forcing five minor girl inmates to clean a drainage.

Mr Achyuta Rao, a child rights activist, had submitted a video to the police, purportedly showing some girls cleaning drainage at the hostel run by Ambassadors of Goodwill for AIDS Patients Everywhere.

Police had on Friday arrested hostel warden V. Prajavathi and supervisor G. Elavarasan. Both women were released on bail after they were produced in the court, said inspector Narasimha Reddy.

A case under Section 75 of Juvenile Justice Act (subjecting children to cruelty) has been registered against them.

On Sunday. the NGO Balala Hakkula Sangham, wrote to the National Commission for The Protection of Child Rights, Delhi, to initiate action on the AGAPE Orphanage.

“Even the Supreme Court has banned manual scavenging. We have made the principal secretary of women and child welfare and Rachakonda commissioner of police as respondents in the case.” said sangham president Anuradha Rao.

The sangham demanded the closure of Agape orphanage and merging it with the government-run home as the management had failed to give care and protection to its inmates.

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