kamili: Illegal NGOs dealing with orphans in J&K to be penalized | India News

SRINAGAR: A day after police arrested two people and sealed the office of an unregistered NGO at Pampore in Pulwama district for its alleged involvement in trafficking of Covid orphans, Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS)’s J&K mission director Shabnum Kamili on Friday said that strict action will be taken against illegal NGOs “dealing with orphans”.
“We will not only penalise unregistered NGOs, but will also take action under the law against those who indulge in exploitation of orphans,” she said.
Children orphaned by Covid in Kashmir are falling prey to adoption rackets run by dubious organisations that masquerade as charities and put up such kids for sale at prices ranging between Rs 75,000 and Rs 1.5 lakh each, J&K Police had said on Thursday after sealing the office of Global Welfare Charitable Trust, the unregistered NGO, and arresting two accused — Mohammad Amin Rather of Srinagar and Ajaz Ahmad Dar of Pampore.
Speaking to reporters, Kamili said that police are ascertaining the background of the NGO in question. She admitted that ICPS was caught unawares in this particular case, although they worked really hard and were on the ground round-the-clock for the welfare and protection of children.
“Unfortunately, no missing report about any child was registered and that is why we were caught unaware. Guardians, who sell their children for money, are also equally responsible like the unregistered NGO in question,” she said.
Kamili claimed that the issue of “suspected organisations” was brought to the notice of the cyber police and the crime branch, but no action was taken.

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