The inmates of Mose Ministry Home here on Thursday staged a protest in front of the house against the District Social Welfare Department’s decision to relocate them to another hostel run by the government.
After a series of complaints about the identity of the children residing at Mose Ministry Home, the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court had directed the district administration to relocate all the 88 girls to the government homes and provide them proper counselling for one month.
The court had also instructed to record their statements of willingness, which should be submitted before the court by February 5, 2018.
Based on the order, the officials from the Social Welfare Department, led by then Social Welfare Officer Usha, had gone to Mose Ministry Home for relocating the girls to other homes. However, it is said, the girls refused to oblige the instructions of the officials and claimed to have told them that they would stay in the home itself. This, had created a kind of commotion inside the home and the officials have explained to them, citing the court order. Still, the girls continued to agitate and so the officials left the place and were planning the next course of action.
Later, the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court had passed an order, saying that the house should be taken over by the district administration and the DSWO would take care of the house and the record of the inmates. The court had also directed the inmates to inform DSWO Thameem Nisha when they go out.
The minor girls’ trip to Chennai was brought to the knowledge of the DSWO, who conducted an inspection and instructed that she would not allow the nine girls to enter the house again but would be relocated to a home in Thanjavur run by the government.