Rimpu Bagan: Assembly committee calls for strict hostel codes

Following the Rimpu Bagan incident, where police raided property belonging to Tura MDC last month, the Assembly’s Women’s Empowerment Committee has recommended that all homes housing children under 18 are subject to strict codes.

Police raided the farm on suspicion that it was being used as a brothel and for other immoral activities. Dozens of people present were arrested and several minors were taken care of. Tura MDC Bernard Marak was later arrested. He claimed the property was partly used as a guest house and partly as a home for underprivileged children.

“The committee has given its recommendation to officials represented by the secretary of the Department of Social Welfare that for all residential facilities accommodating children under the age of 18, strict codes should be recommended,” the chairman said. of the committee, Ampareen Lyngdoh MLA, in Highland. Posted recently.

She said the committee also recommended that checks and balances be in place on these hostels and that clear notices be given to these institutions. There should also be regular inspections by the authorities on the hostels, which mainly dot Shillong, Tura and Jowai, the three major educational centers of Meghalaya.

The committee has received a report from various departments on the Rimpu Bagan incident and it will be submitted to the Speaker of the Assembly.

“We can’t divulge much, but a report from the departments has also been submitted to us which will go to the president,” Lyngdoh said, adding that the committee will continue to ensure that relevant departments provide appropriate legal assistance to miners rescued from Rimpu Bagan.

“We want to make sure that these young people who have been through this trauma get all the help they deserve, that they continue with their education, get expert advice from time to time, are kept in a safe place and are not more traumatized,” she added.

The Department of Social Welfare informed the committee at its last meeting that the six children linked to the incident are provided with the necessary safeguards. However, Lyngdoh said the committee can only dwell on the welfare of the miners as the rest of the matter is outside of its responsibilities.

“The welfare and well-being of minors is our top priority and our main concern remains to ensure that all minors’ needs are taken care of,” she said.

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