9 girls who went missing from Kottayam shelter home found in Ernakulam

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Kottayam: Nine girls who went missing from a private shelter home on Monday have been found at Elanji in Ernakulam. They were found in the house of one of the girl's relative.

According to reports, the girls reached Ernakulam by bus and it was their own decision. After medical tests and related formalities, the girls will be produced before the court.

It is learnt that the girls may be shifted to another shelter home. Meanwhile, locals raised allegations that the shelter building is poorly maintained, which the owner refuted.

Earlier today, authorities concerned in NGO Mahila Samakhya, a government accredited shelter home, came to know that nine inmates went missing.

Over 12 girls have been residing in the shelter home. The missing girls included those who arrived at the shelter home following family issues and POCSO cases.

Police registered a case and development comes in the wake of investigation initiated.

"The girls were protesting for the past few days saying they wanted to leave the shelter home. But they cannot be allowed to leave as it requires special permission from the CWC, the court," a senior official said.

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