Parents in Jaffna have handed over some 200 children to the Human Rights Commission (HRC) for safety and they are now accommodated in a special building in Jaffna following a court order, an HRC member said yesterday.
HRC member and former Supreme Court judge Dharmasiri Jayawickrama told the media that these children, whose parents had feared that they would be abducted by the LTTE, are being cared for by Prisons officials.
The building where the children are now accommodated is fast becoming inadequate and the HRC is looking for a new building, he said.
The HRC says a large number of parents had started sending their children either to Colombo, to other parts of the country or abroad, fearing LTTE conscription.
Meanwhile, by end March the HRC has received 147 complaints against militant groups and political parties for abducting children. Of these 71 has been against the Karuna group while 66 are against the LTTE and 10 against the EPDP.