20 children from Meghalaya sent back home from Hosur

The girl children from Meghalaya in Hosur on Monday. Photo: N. Bashkaran
The girl children from Meghalaya in Hosur on Monday. Photo: N. Bashkaran
Twenty tribal girl children aged between 8 and 13 hailing from West Khasi Hills, East Khasi Hills and Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya were sent back home from Hosur on Monday night as per the orders of the Madras High Court, said Praveen P. Nair, Hosur Sub-Collector.
The first bench of the Madras High Court headed by acting Chief Justice Satish K. Agnihothri and Justice M. Sundaresan on March 6 directed the Government to handover the children to the Chief Secretary of Meghalaya on March 13.
As per the order, the district administration finished all the necessary formalities including conducting medical tests for the children at the Government-registered private home, Narendira Nambikkai Natchathiram, on Monday.
The court also directed the Meghalaya Chief Secretary to summon the parents of the children for identification. If the parents were willing, they could bring their children back to Hosur to complete their education.
The Meghalaya Government should report back to the court on the compliance of its order, after which the final hearing of the case would be held, the bench in its direction said.
The children were escorted by a team of 10 persons including L. Vincent Sundarraj, chairperson, Child Welfare Committee of Krishnagiri district, and M. Sivagandhi, District Child Protection Officer, revenue, health and social workers.