Girls of this Home have reacted very angrily to the official attitude and have said that none of them are willing to be shifted away from there and be forced to leave their mother.It would mean becoming orphans all over again!
Hundreds of supporters and citizens have reacted angrily to the way government officials have handled the issue, holding that if there were a few technical issues these could have been sorted out quietly when everybody knew that the Home was doing a wonderful job and the girls were studying in the best of schools and being brought up well.
People have also thwarted the attempts so far by the official machinery to shift the children from the Home with police help.
Community leaders have taken the position that "the officials should have guided Parkash Kaur or other Trustees to get the registration instead of swooping on them as if they had done something very bad."
Meanwhile, the Trust filed the papers, as requested, on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, and again on the following day, but the 'file' was returned with the quibble that it was not properly 'indexed'!
With respect to the alleged flaw over the purported non-filing of some documents re the children who have been left abandoned at the Home, Prakash Kaur said: "I have not registered any FIRs for my bringing up the children. I first rush them to the doctor ... and then my priority remains with their upbringing."
"Unique Home" was started by Parkash Kaur in 1991 after she was thrown out from Nari Niketan on a chilling winter morning.
"It was raining when I was thrown out after I raised my voice against wrong-doings at the Nari Niketan. Six girls came with me and I started this Home. Now, the same people are scheming against this Home," she said.
"After she started this Home, right-thinking people started supporting her and the children and now there are hundreds of supporters of this home in India and abroad," said Naunihal Singh, a Trustee of the Home.
Sikhs from across the diaspora who are "supporting us have been frantically calling us after the administration said in a section of the media that 40 girls were missing from the Home," he said. "It shows the callous and irresponsible attitude of the authorities who have shown insensitivity towards the impressionable minds of the children. It will take a long time for the children to emerge from the shock ... [they] have been reminded by these officers that they are orphans," he said.
"The administration never saw how Parkash Kaur was bringing up the girls in the best possible manner and would even take care of the poor and needy around but they swooped on the Home as if some criminality had been committed," said Paramjit Singh, a neighour of the Home.
Women living on the street where the Home is located also freely shower praises on Parkash Kaur's piety.
[Courtesy: The Times of India. Edited for sikhchic.com]
June 16, 2012