The Hush Post: A 15-year-old girl inmate has alleged sexual exploitation at the international-level orphanage, SOS Children’s village (Bal Gram) in Rajpura, Patiala. The matter came into light after a video of the victim, in which she has revealed her ordeal, went viral. A team has been constituted under Kanwardeep Kaur, SP, Headquarters, to investigate the case.
SP Kanwardeep Kaur on Saturday visited the Bal Gram and recorded the statements of the victim and the officials. The close relatives of the victim are also being questioned.
It is reported that the incident took place four months back. Also, it is alleged that the Bal Gram management tried to hush up the case. The victim had accused an inmate of sexual exploitation and informed the management. However, no action was taken by the management following which the girl made a video of her statement, which has gone viral. The video reached an NGO which further informed the police.
SOS Children’s Villages International is ‘a global federation working to protect and care for children who have lost parental care, or who stand at risk of losing it’. At present, SOS Children’s Villages is active in over 133 countries with over 500 SOS Children’s Villages and 400 SOS Youth Facilities ‘striving for the welfare of the children in need of care and protection’. In India, the organization caters to over 25,000 children and there are 32 SOS Children’s Villages in 22 states in India.