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Court seeks report on confinement of 5-yr-old special child

Bhartesh Singh Thakur

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 31

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has taken cognisance of The Tribune story '5-year-old special child found 'illegally confined' in Panipat', dated November 21, and sought a report from Haryana's Women and Child Development (WCD) Department.

The report was sought on the administrative side.

The letter from the HC to Director General, WCD department, dated December 4, called for action on the recommendations of Chairperson, Haryana State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights, Jyoti Bainda, for closure of open shelter run by Hari Mahila Vikas Samiti, Panipat; registration of case against manager of shelter home Tejpal and shifting of the five-year-old girl to home for special children.

The Haryana State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (HSCPCR) had found that the five-year-old girl was being illegally confined at the open shelter home run by Hari Mahila Vikas Samiti during its visit on November 19.

The girl was Covid-positive too, but as per the Commission, no medical help was provided to her. For the past three to four days, the child was alone at the shelter home. The Commission also learnt that the girl was continuously crying and calling for help as she was locked inside the shelter home and neighbours were providing her food and medicines through a window.

The Commission learnt that the child was routinely taken to Tejpal's home as admitted by the shelter home in charge and staffer Pooja, which "is primarily illegal".

"This is a matter of continuing inquiry to assess whether enough action was taken by the Child Welfare Committee and District Child Protection Unit (DCPU) in the case," said the Commission in its proceedings.

Later, it was Bainda who herself got the FIR registered against Tejpal. The girl has been shifted to a home for special children in Sirsa after she recovered from Covid.

"We have written to the Panipat DC for action. We are awaiting report from him," said Renu Phulia, Director General, WCD Department.

Panipat DC Dharmender Singh couldn't be contacted for comment.

from The Tribune

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