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Apna Ghar Juveniles Escaped Using Facebook

Juvenile delinquents from Apna Ghar, a state-run shelter home for children in Goa escaped using social networking site – Facebook, stated a probe report.

The report into smuggling of children from Apna Ghar revealed that the children used facebook through the mobile of a caretaker, Videsh Mandrekar who currently stands suspended and arrested by police.

A Child, in his statement to the police, before the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) constituted by the Goa government, said that they used to arrange for gadgets through facebook to make their escape easier. In one of the instances, the children had asked their friend to arrange for a gas cutter so that they can escape cutting grills of the guarded premises.

One of the minors who were being rehabilitated by NGO Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) had arranged for the equipment to facilitate the escape, the statement reads. The gangster was arranging for a car to pick up children once they manage to flee from the shelter home, located on the city outskirts.

Goa police while investigating one of the robberies had found that children from Apna Ghar were smuggled by gangsters in connivance with the caretaker to use them as muggers or killers.

Baffled with the revelation, state government had appointed senior officer Lavinson Martins to enquire into the lapses at this shelter home.

Martins has submitted his report to the state government recommending criminal action against the caretakers who had nexus with the gangsters. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who was referred the matter had recommended that the rogue caretakers be transferred to head office of State Child and Women Welfare Department, which controls Apna Ghar.

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