The Child Welfare Committee (CWC) of Gurgaon district served notice on a shelter home on Monday for allegedly allowing 16 overseas students to stay there without prior permission from the administration.

The shelter home, Deep Ashram near Atul Kataria Chowk in Gurgaon, has been directed to respond to the CWC’s notice within a week.

During a surprise check on Sunday, CWC chairman Shakuntala Dull found that the home allegedly gave shelter to 16 students from Italy for three days.

“We conducted surprise check at the shelter home and found 16 Italian students illegally staying there. Moreover, the officials of the shelter home did not intimate the CWC and other authorities in the district. This is in complete violation of laws. Hence, we have served notice on the shelter home and asked for clarification,” Dull said.

“The surprise check was done following reports of sexual assault of inmates in homes in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur and Deoria in Uttar Pradesh,” she said.

“It is CWC’s responsibility to oversee how shelter homes are run in Gurugram and we can seek explanation if any untoward incident takes place at any one of them,” she added.

The shelter home has also been asked to provide complete details of the Italian students in its reply to the CWC.

Gurgaon has over a dozen shelter homes run by different NGOs.

The Italian inmates of the shelter home have now been shifted to a different place by the officials.

(With agency inputs)