Monk offers to help ‘sexually exploited’ minor, her baby

Just a day after the High Court invoking its the parens patriae (the ultimate guardian of the child) jurisdiction in favour of a minor girl, who had given birth to a child at a local hospital after being allegedly sexually exploited by her maternal uncle, a Tibetan monk has come forward to help the minor and her baby.

The High Court, acting on a newspaper report, had ordered the state government to make full arrangements for the girl, beside completing the process for adoption of the child within two months.

The 13-year-old hails from a remote village in Kullu district. She gave birth to a baby girl at the Deen Dayal Hospital here, about 10 days ago.

The monk, Jamyang, who runs a charitable trust near McLeodGanj for underprivileged and neglected children, said: "I have read newspaper reports and the HC orders stating the plight of the girl. We are ready to take care of her education and also help the government in adoption of the baby."

"If there are no legal complications, our trust will provide to support the girl to get proper education," he added.

The trust has a school and housing facilities. Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama has also visited the charity and even given financial support to the institution, which has more than 80 children.

A division bench comprising Acting Chief Justice R B Misra and Justice Rajiv Sharma on Saturday directed the Director Social and Women Empowerment Madhubala Sharma to visit the hospital and make arrangements for the girl's well being.

The court also ordered for lodging an FIR against her maternal uncle who had allegedly committed a serious offence against her niece while she and her sister were living with his family after the death of their parents, around 10 years ago.

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