The Delhi High Court issued notices on Friday to the Delhi government, Child Welfare Committee (CWC) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on a plea by the parents of the 48 girls who were sent to a children’s home from the Adhyatmik Vishwavidyalaya.Justice SP Garg sought the reply of the authorities concerned on the plea which contended that the females were illegally detained despite being adults and are being subjected to mental torture.The plea, filed through advocate Amol Kokane, said that the girls who are lodged at the Minda Bal Gram in Alipur, are kept in painful conditions and are suffering from tremendous mental agony. It also claimed that the process of age verification of the girls is being delayed for unknown reasons.The petition also alleged that the girls are not allowed to meet their parents and that they are being threatened.”It is submitted that all the 48 girls are languishing in the protection home for the past 16-17 days gratuitously and Child Welfare Committee – VI is acting unlawfully and arbitrarily. This is serious violation of fundamental right of religious freedom and right to life and personal liberty of these 48 adult spinsters,” the plea said.The court directed the lawyer, appearing for the petitioner, to make the CBI a party in the case in accordance to a previous order by the Acting Chief Justice who had said that all the complaints in the matter would be dealt by the agency.On December 21 last year, 48 girls were rescued from the Ashram run by self-styled godman Virendra Dev Dixit after finding that all of them were minors. The raids were carried out in pursuance of the orders of the Delhi High court as it was informed that several girls were illegally confined in the Ashram for many years and were being sexually exploited by the Baba.‘Not minors’On December 21 last year, 48 girls were rescued from the Ashram run by self-styled Godman Virendra Dev Dixit after finding that all of them were minors. But the parents of the girls are alleging that they are adults.
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