The five children, who were reportedly abandoned by their father at a farmhouse near Kempegowdanahundi in the taluk and later rescued by officials on July 16, were handed over to the custody of Tamil Nadu Government here yesterday.

It is reported that these children were handed over to TN authorities after Child Welfare Committee (CWC), a quasi-judicial body in Vellore district, admitted a petition from officials and ordered to send the children with them.

However, no action has been initiated against father Mayavan and farmhouse owner Zaffarulla.

Mysore CWC President M. Venkatesh said that a group of officials led by National Child Labour Project Director of Vellore M. Raja Pandiyan appeared before the CWC and petitioned seeking the custody of the five children and also produced the document issued by Vellore Deputy Commissioner seeking custody of the children.

It is said that these children who were at Bapuji Children's Home were sent with the officials on Friday and since their rescue, these children (three girls and two boys) aged between two and 12 years were in CWC custody.

The five children of Mayavan, a resident of Seruvallai village in Vellore district of Tamil Nadu, are identified as 12-year-old Papitha, 10-year-old Kavitha, seven-year-old Vallarasu, four-year-old Perarasu and two-year-old Durga.

It is also said that Mayavan who left these children at the farmhouse, left for Tamil Nadu and did not return even after five days and villagers of Kempegowdanahundi who noticed these children living without food brought the incident to the notice of officials.

District Child Welfare Officer R. Somalatha, SP Abhinav Khare, Dy.SP T.Siddappa, Inspector Nemiraj and SI Venkateshiah on receiving information had visited the farmhouse and rescued these children and shifted them to Bapuji Children's Home in Gokulam here.

It is also said that Tirupur Collector Shilpa Prabhakar who learnt about the incident through reports in newspapers, reportedly called up Somalatha and collected details of the children and Mayavan also appeared in front of Shilpa Prabhakar and said that he would never go back to Tamil Nadu as he would be reminded of his dead wife and pleaded for return of his children.

It is also said that several days ago, Vellore Collector Dr. T. Shankar had written a letter to the District Child Welfare Officer urging her to hand over the rescued children.

Raja Pandiyan, Supervisor Babu, Vellore District Child Welfare Officers Keshavan and Kumareshan yesterday met Somalatha and sought custody of the children which was agreed to after prolonged discussions.

Following this, the TN officials took custody of the five children from Bapuji Children's Home yesterday evening and took them to Tamil Nadu.

The children were given a warm send-off by Mysore Child Welfare Officers Balasubramaniyam and Ravikumar and Trustees of Bapuji Children's Home.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore