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Explained: What is sale of Covid-19 orphans scandal in Kashmir and who are involved

Two persons were arrested and their NGO office in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama was sealed following allegations of illegal adoption and “sale” of children orphaned during Covid-19 were leveled against them.

HOW DID THE ISSUE COME TO FORE


The action against the NGO Global Welfare Charitable Trust at Pampore in Pulwama and the two accused — Mohammad Amin Rather of Srinagar and Aijaz Ahmed Dar of Pampore — was taken after a sting operation and report by an online portal allegedly exposing them caught the attention of the Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS).

Following this, the chairperson of the Child Welfare Committee in Pulwama filed a police complaint based on which an FIR was registered, a police spokesperson said.

He said further investigation in the case was underway and more recoveries were expected.



WHAT HAS THE ADMIN DONE SO FAR

An FIR was lodged in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district following an online report about the illegal adoption of children, who were orphaned during the Covid pandemic, officials said here on Wednesday.

According to the officials, an online news article regarding alleged illegal adoption and “sale” of Covid orphans has come to the notice of the Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) Mission Director in J&K Shabnam Kamili, in which serious allegations have been made against two people by an NGO.

In this connection, the mission director has directed the authorities concerned to take action and an FIR has been lodged at Pampore police station against the culprits, they said.

Sheetal Nanda, the secretary of the Social Welfare Department, has taken up the issue with the Kashmir IGP to ensure immediate action in the matter and initiate a legal course of action under relevant laws.

In addition, Kamili has issued instant orders to child welfare committees to meet Covid orphans personally which have already been identified by the department and uploaded their details on different online portals of the Government of India, and submit a report to the Directorate of ICPS within a day’s time, the officials said.

“Further, fact-finding committees were also constituted for Jammu and Kashmir divisions in order to ascertain the number of orphans/Covid orphans and their well-being in all the districts of J&K,” they added.

WHAT RELIGIOUS GROUPS HAVE SAID

Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU) Jammu and Kashmir headed by the incarcerated Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has expressed serious concern over the Kashmiri Covid-19 orphans being sold in the markets of India by a local NGO, terming it extremely shameful and disgusting.


According to a joint statement issued by the MMU which is a conglomerate of the leading religious, social, and educational organizations of Jammu and Kashmir, this was revealed in a media investigative report on a man named Asrar Amin, who runs an NGO ‘Global Welfare Charitable’.

The MMU said, “It is a matter of great sadness and shock that our Kashmir Valley which has been the land of saints and sages, such types of social evils and crimes against humanity are taking place here. It is a moment of introspection for the entire nation of Kashmir in general and for the leaders and scholars, imams and conscious citizens in particular.”

The Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema strongly condemned such heinous acts and demanded strict action against the individuals and institutions involved.

This is not a time to sit idle, but the need of the hour is to launch a full and organized campaign at all levels to accelerate overall reform and create awareness in the society in accordance with the teachings and guidance of Sunnah, the MMU said, adding that society needs to be aware of such vices and counter them.

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