The MP women and child development department has on Tuesday shirked away from its responsibility to send Mohammad Ramzan back to Pakistan. Instead they tried to pass the buck on the child welfare committee.
The 15-year-old, who had crossed over to India from Bangladesh to reach his mother in Pakistan, has been stuck in a Bhopal child shelter since October 2013. For the last two years neither the state government nor the women and child development department (WCDD) has made any attempt to send the boy back home to his family.
Talking to HT, WCDD principal secretary JN Kansotiya said, “It's not our work to reunite Ramzan with his family. It's the responsibility of the child welfare committee (CWC), Bhopal and they are putting efforts.”
When asked what they had done on the matter in the past two years, Kansotiya said, “Why will we do anything in this regard? It's not our work.”
However, child activist Prashant Dubey expressed dismay that the WCDD was shirking away from its responsibility. “It's quite surprising that WCDD refusing of accepting its responsibility. All the shelter home comes under WCDD. The Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme of the WCDD clearly states that it's the duty of the department to protect children. They should put effort to send the Ramzan back home.”
In the name of processing, the CWC so far has just written once to the Bangladesh embassy, as it was not possible to send him to Pakistan in the present circumstances.
Caught in a piquant situation, Ramzan, who was been insisting to be sent to Pakistan to his mother, said, “They say there is a problem in sending me to Pakistan, but I don't want to go back to my father. My Fuppi (paternal aunt) lives in Bangladesh (and if they send me to Pak), I am sure she will reunite me with my mother in Pakistan.”
Glimmer of hope
NGO Childline has contacted Delhi-based NGO TOP, which has a branch in Bangladesh. The NGO director, Archana Sahay, said: “Mohd Ramzan is ready to go back to Bangladesh, so we have searched an NGO which works for restoration of Bangladeshi children. But, they want a permission letter from the state government. I have asked the CWC to write to TOP, but they didn't do anything in this regard so far.”