Expelled Sri Chitra home inmate approaches legal services authority

Published on 13 Jul 2017 by Team

Thiruvananthapuram: An expelled inmate from the Sree Chitra Shelter Home here has approached the district legal service authority with a complaint seeking re-entry to the shelter home and a probe into the incidents that led to her expulsion. The 19-year-old ITI student was expelled alleging that she had been involved with a 24-year old inmate in an unnatural relationship. The adalat, scheduled for Friday, will take up the complaint.

The inmate, in her complaint, pointed out that she was expelled flouting all norms as The Orphanages and Other Charitable Homes (supervision and control) Act 1960 clearly states that an inmate of the home can be discharged only when he/she becomes fit to earn their livelihood or when given in marriage or entrusted to the care of any other person on the basis of the consent and declaration from the inmate.

The inmate had been staying at the Sree Chitra shelter home for the last ten years and has two younger siblings who are still living in the shelter home. "I want to go back and be with my younger ones. I really do not know why 'superintendent amma' and 'warden amma' talk such nonsense about me,'' said the inmate who is now staying in a rented house where her quarrelling parents live. Interestingly, the other woman, allegedly involved in the unnatural relation, still stays in the shelter home.

"At the shelter home, accusing one of being a homosexual is always used a tool to keep our mouths shut. Even four-year-old kids are made fun of and mocked at if they are seen walking hand in hand. I have heard the inmates as well as the duty warden mock at girls when they are seen spending time together,'' she said.

According to sources associated with the inmates, both of them were lying next to each other and listening to songs by sharing a headphone,which was misinterpreted by the authorities and exploited the situation to expel the inmate. "There have been many similar cases where the office bearers cooked up stories and expelled the kids because the shelter home is already overcrowded with inmates," said a source.

The shelter home authorities defended the decision and said the woman was expelled after exploring all the other options. "We had already given her warning and gave her counselling and even asked her to shift to another ward. But, she was not willing to move and we took the decision to expel her after we received 

Source: times of India

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