Pasighat self-claimed orphanage FFA | 22 children rescued, OWA to offer free education to 19

ITANAGAR, Aug 30: In all 22 children living in inhuman condition in Friendship Foundation Academy (FFA), a self-proclaimed orphanage home-cum-school at Pasighat were rescued by Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW)-cum-AP State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (APSCPCR) member-secretary Yame Higio, Tem Yabi and East Siang District Child Welfare Committee (DCWC) members recently.

On receipt of information from ICDS Dy. Director-cum-DCPO P.E. Angu, the DCWC team had inspected FFA, running unregistered without knowledge of any authority concerned. It claimed to have its head office at Itanagar from where the parents came to know about FFA and many parents through words of mouth, according to an official release.

DCWC chairperson Obang Dai, in his report to East Siang DC has recommended closure of the FFA for violating the JJ Act, 2015. The living condition of five-room hostel was found to be in a deplorable condition while classroom had no furniture. About 9 to 10 children used to sleep in a room on a bed (two small beds joined together). Classes were conducted for just one or two hour daily. The rooms were without any ventilation and very unhygienic. Most of the children showed signs of skin infection while they were kept on starving conditions with just two meals of rice & dal only a day and direct tap water provided to drink.

An FIR was lodged wiht Pasighat police station against FFA chairman Karma Bhutia, who is still absconding.

Priyanka from Darjeeling was running the school and Laxmi Chetri Yirang is its in-charge now since Mar 2018. The teachers are not paid their monthly salary for past three months while two teachers and the cook had quit the school.

The children belonging to adjoining Pasighat area were asked to be handed over to their parents/guardians and remaining belonging to Papum Pare, Kra Dadi and Kurung Kumey districts were brought to Oju Welfare Association Children Home, Naharlagun on Wednesday night and  parents of  22 children were called for a meeting at OWA today and the children were handed over to them.

However, considering the present situation and due to the mid school session,  State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) urged OWA  chairperson Ratan Anya to admit  the children and she admitted in Oju Mission School 19  while four orphan were taken away by their guardians. OWA would provide free education to all the children for this session to receive appreciation from APSCW-cum-APSCPSR, which also urged the GoAP to constitute the separate commission for SCPCR to look after child related cases with crimes against children, are on the rise in the state.

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