The District Child Protection Society functions from a room at the collectorate (above) in Ranchi
The nine minor girls, who were brought from Delhi to Ranchi by an NGO on Thursday, will be placed under the care of District Child Protection Society (DCPS) that was recently formed to rehabilitate trafficking victims so that they can lead a safe life without being abused or forcibly sent to observation home.
The nine, who were rescued by Bharatiya Kisan Sangh in collaboration with the state social welfare department, have been temporarily put up at Kishori Niketan, a home for short stay run by the NGO, at Bijupara in Chanho block of Ranchi district.
On Saturday, the girls, who are undergoing counselling at present, will be produced before the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) for completing necessary legal formalities after which they will be handed over to DCPS officials.
Formed by the social welfare department at every district under the Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS), DCPS has a legal officer, counsellor and probation officer. The cell is headed by District Child Protection Officer (DCPO).
In Ranchi, the DCPO is district probation officer Ram Sevak while the cell functions from a room (No. 111) at the district collectorate office at Block B, Kutchery. The same premises have the office of CWC (room 110).
Sevak confirmed that this would be their first assignment since the formation of the DCPS around a fortnight ago.
“The newly formed society will be rehabilitating rescued girls for the first time. Our main role is to provide them personal security according to their needs. For each rescued girl, we will receive Rs 2,000 from the social welfare department. We will be looking after them in association with various departments like education, health, social welfare and labour,” he added.
Some of the jobs of the society will be to assess the psychological status of the girls, their needs, which includes giving legal assistance, if required, and enrolling them in Kasturba Gandhi Residential Schools.
Those not willing to return home have to be given foster care and vocational training.
Before the DCPS came into being, CWC used to take the trafficking victims under its care. After counselling, the girls were sent to the Bijupara home. While most were eventually forced to go back to their homes, many, who were not accepted by their families, were left at observation homes.
“Earlier, we used to take the decision in providing non-constitutional care to the rescued girls, but now the process has become easier with DCPS coming into the picture. The society has legal officer, counsellor and probation officer, who take care of the girls’ needs,” CWC chairperson Jahan Ara told The Telegraph.
She added that her role as the CWC chairperson was limited to finding out the family status of the rescued victims and arrange their reunion with their near ones.
“But now under DCPS, each girl’s social and mental status will be closely monitored. A majority of girls will be sent to Kasturba Gandhi Residential Schools, where they will get free education and food,” Ara said.
Of the nine girls, two each are from Ranchi and West Singhbhum and one each from Sahebganj, Pakur, Godda, Gumla and Khunti. They were lured to Delhi in the name of jobs by middlemen and relatives and were employed as domestic maids. According to officials of Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, all were subjected to mental and physical torture by their employers.
Delhi police rescued and sent them to Nirmal Chhaya, a rehabilitation centre.
“We have a counsellor at Nirmal Chhaya, who, after taking permission from Delhi CWC, sent the girls here with us,” said project manager of the NGO Pramod Kumar.