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The News Minute| June 18, 2014| 9.32 am IST Days after two minor girls living in a hostel run by a church in Tamil Nadu were raped by a man, details emerging now show that the state's Social Welfare Department was sitting on reports that almost 40% of children's homes in the state were unregistered.  A report in Times of India mentions that according to a survey conducted this January, the state department found that of the 1,765 privately run homes, 694 were unregistered and did not meet the standards set by the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act.  There are primarily two reasons why the department and police are reluctant to act on such homes.  1. Most homes are run by religious institutions.  2. The homes run by the state cannot accommodate these children, so even if they are rescued, they have nowhere to go.  On June 12, two schoolgirls living in a hostel in Tamil Nadu's Pollachi town were raped by a man who reportedly entered the hostel of the Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church in Pollachi. The girls who were 10 and 11 were abducted at knife point and taken to a building next to the hostel, where they were raped. The police had then found that the hostel was being run for the last 20 years without proper permission.

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