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HindustanTimes Mon,14 Jul 2014

Child rights panel’s warnings ignored: chairperson

Sravani Sarkar, Hindustan Times  Bhopal, July 24, 2013
First Published: 10:46 IST(24/7/2013) | Last Updated: 10:57 IST(24/7/2013)

The daring escape of 11 minors from a juvenile home in Jehangirabad was very much in the offing.

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The State Commission for Protection of Children’s Rights (SCPCR) has during the course of last two years inspected the home twice and finding several lacunae, made detailed recommendations for improvement.

So much so that the former chairperson of the commission Sheela Khanna following an inspection in 2011 had pointed out that there were slum settlements adjacent to the boundary wall of the home and the height of the wall was too low to prevent escape bid by the inmates.

However, the recommendations fell on deaf ears and the home is still plagued with several problems including improper housing of the inmates, inadequate number of security guards, no teacher and few ways to divert the children’s attention to creative things.

The team of SCPCR, led by chairperson Usha Chaturvedi, visited the home again on Tuesday to find out the situation in which the 11 minors escaped.

Later, speaking to HT, the chairperson said it was found that the authorities had failed to take any steps to correct the lacunae that were pointed out by the commission following its earlier inspections.

“The superintendent is not a full-time employee but is just holding charge temporarily, there are only only two watchmen on duty instead of the required three, the home also does not have a teacher or gardener as is required,” she said.

There is a lot of space available on the premises and gardening could be a good creative activity for the inmates, the SCPCR had recommended following an inspection in 2012, the chairperson said.

She also said in a violation of rules, children of different age groups are made to stay together in a single hall-like accomodation.

Chaturvedi said the commission would continue with its investigations.

RAKSHA BANDHAN, A LURE FOR ESCAPE?

It seems that the festival of was arrested from his residence at Kamal Nagar. Police said the minor was earlier arrested by TT Nagar police in connection with a murder case and later sent to the juvenile home.

City superintendent of police Jehangirabad, Saleem Khan said 7 of the absconders have been arrested so far. “Rest of the minors would be nabbed soon.

Police team is looking for them and raiding all the expected places,” he said.

Raksha Bandhan, still a month away, might have been the reason for at least one of the minors to escape from the juvenile home.

A letter written by one of the escaped minors to the local magistrate (on juvenile justice board) was recovered from clothes left back by him.

The juvenile in the letter urged the magistrate to release him on bail early so that he could be home in time for the festival of Raksha Bandhan.

Superintendent is not a fulltime employee, just holding charge Only two security guards on duty in place of three No teacher or gardener employed despite SCPCR recommendation Children of different age groups staying in a single hall It is thus being surmised that fearing that the bail might not be granted in time, the minor participated in the plan to escape.

The police have also recovered a sim card with some numbers from the clothes left behind by the escaped inmates and are conducting investigations on its basis.

Meanwhile, sources said the SCPCR team was told by one of the security guards and some inmates that the escaped minors had access to pornography CDs and watched these movies in groups.

Also, some love letters were recovered from their belongings.

Rama, a 24-year-old male sloth bear housed at the rescue centre at Van Vihar national park, died on Tuesday. The sloth bear had been suffering from age-related disorders.

SK Waghmare, assistant director of Van Vihar national park, said Rama was brought to Van Vihar in 2006 after being rescued from Kalandars based in a slum in Bhopal.

The bear had been suffering from age-related disorders in the last few days and had stopped eating its regular diet. It had been put on IV fluids for the last few days.

A post-mortem examination of the bear was conducted at Van Vihar on Tuesday.

The cause of death was found to be organ failure due to advance age.

MLA Vishwas Sarang has written a letter to railway minister Mallikarjun Kharge demanding extension of Shatabdi Express up to Habibganj railway station.

In his letter to railway minister, MLA Sarang has written that around 70% passengers of Shatabdi Express are from new Bhopal.

If Shatabdi runs from Habibganj railway station, it would be convenient for the passengers.

As of now, the passengers have to face traffic jam situation at platform number 1 of Bhopal railway station during the arrival and departure of Shatabdi.

The city police on Tuesday caught a man and recovered half-a-dozen motorcycles that were stolen by him.

The accused Moti Lal, 21, a resident of Gunga, said that he used a master key to unlock bikes. He mostly lifted the two-wheelers from parking lots.

Either he sold the bikes or dismantled them to later sell the parts.

The police have arrested the accused and are interrogating him.

A woman was seriously injured when she was hit by a mother-daughter duo living in her neighbourhood.

The victim, Jyoti Kiran, a resident of South TT Nagar, had a row with her neighbour Gulshan over drying of clothes. Jyoti Kiran had objected that the clothesline was in front of her house.

This led to an argument.

Later, Gulshan and her daughter Bushra hit her with an iron rod on the head.

The victim fell unconscious and was rushed to hospital.

The victim is a clerk with the health department.

The police have registered a case of attempt to commit culpable homicide.

Investigations are on in the case.


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