Tamil Diplomat

55 Sri Lankan Tamil kids face bleak future in Kancheepuram?

The future of 55 Sri Lankan Tamil children aged between 11 and 18 hangs in balance as the Kancheepuram district in India administration has launched probe into complaints that they were falsely labelled as refugees and war survivors to get admission in government and private schools at Acharapakkam in the district.

There are 21 girls in this distressed group, the Deccan Chronicle reported today. Kancheepuram sub-collector V Anbu Selvan told DC that he, along with a child welfare committee (CWC) member named Zaheeruddin Mohamed inspected a house at Acharapakkam, about 35 km southwest of Chennai, on Saturday to check on the latter’s allegation that several kids were being kept there without proper documents and sans approval from the CWC.

“The facility is being run by an NGO called Bright Society, which earlier administered a free residential school near Bengaluru for Sri Lankan refugee children. They have shown us some papers, which we are scrutinising. But the question is how did this society get these children? Did they follow norms?” he wondered.

The official, however, assured that no action would be taken to disrupt the education of the hapless kids admitted by the NGO into one private and one government school.