Notice to Snehalaya for not admitting child

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Oct 20, 2014 23:12 IST

Acting on a petition seeking directions to Snehalaya to admit a child, the court on Monday issued notice to the Snehalaya chairman to file a reply by October 27.

The court has also issued a notice to the boy's father and Guru Asra Trust in Palsora, who were made respondents in the case.

It has been alleged by the petitioner that they are running from pillar to post to various shelter homes, but no one is willing to keep the child who was found living by the roadside.

The court had earlier forwarded the case pertaining to the custody of a 13-year-old boy, who was mercilessly beaten up by his drunkard father and left on the roadside, to the Child Welfare Committee after a non-government organisation (NGO) moved the court. The minor boy had lost his mother some years ago.

Accepting an application seeking direction to keep the needy child in Snehalaya or any appropriate place, the court had observed that the child needed care and protection. The court ordered that the custody of the child be dealt by the Child Welfare Committee.

Sonia Mattu, president, Manav Seva Kalyan Mahasangh, an NGO, and the child had moved court seeking directions to Snehalaya to accept the latter.

The application was forwarded to the Child Welfare Committee which had sent the child to Guru Asra Trust that denied admitting him.

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