New Delhi: The Centre and the city government were asked on Wednesday by the Delhi High Court to respond to a plea emailed to it, appraising it of the alleged sexual assault and harassment of children in an orphanage here.
    
A bench of Acting Chief Justice AK Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw issued notices to both the governments and also to Arya Anathalaya, an orphanage home in Daryaganj area here, seeking their replies within three weeks.
    
The court issued notices, taking cognisance of an email received by Justice Sikri from one Bharti Ali, alleging that the children in the orphanage were subjected to sexual abuse and other "sufferings".
    
The court also sought a report from the administrator, appointed by the Delhi government to look into the matter.
    
The counsel appearing for the orphanage submitted that all the allegations against the children's home were baseless and it had no objection even if the court appointed a judicial officer to conduct an inquiry into it.
    
To this submission, the bench said the court is looking into the larger prospect of the issue including the issue of running NGOs without registering under the relevant laws.

"One cannot rule out such things never happen in the orphanage. If such thing has happened, it is your duty to take some corrective measure," the court said.
    
The Delhi government had appointed an administrator on February 13, after several media reports last week alleged sexual exploitation of children in the orphanage.

(Agencies)