After the assessment, the children will be given admission at MES school in Edathala.

3 Kerala boys allegedly confined at home from birth to get psychological assessmentImage courtesy: Times of India
news Child Rights Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 12:36

The three children from North Paravur, who were allegedly held captive in their home by parents for a decade, will be given admission at MES school in Edathala after psychological assessments are conducted on them. 

According to a report in The Times of India, Ernakulam Child Welfare Committee (CWC) on Friday directed the authorities of MES orphanage in Edathala to conduct psychological assessment of the children. 

The assessment is being conducted to decide which class the boys must be admitted to. 

“We have asked the school authorities to allow children to sit in classrooms till the admission procedure gets over. CWC has also directed the orphanage officials to make arrangements to take Aadhaar cards for the children. They have birth certificates but it is in their house at Paravur. Officials can take the certificate only when the house is opened. Father of the children has not appeared before the committee today,” said CWC chairperson Padmaja Nair. 

The boys, aged six, 11 and 12, were given homeschooling by the parents. They were rescued based on complaints by their neighbours and are presently in the custody of CWC.  

As per the committee’s advisory, the children and their mother will continue to stay in the orphanage, as per the directive of district collector K Mohammed Y Safirulla.

The parents, Abdul Latheef (47) and mother Lekha had allegedly confined the children to their house and prohibited them from any social interaction, even to run errands.

A preliminary investigation by authorities had found that the children had not been given any primary education.

Reports have also quoted the father as saying that he did not believe in the India education system and the children were being raised in an education syllabus being followed in Arab countries.

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