A city court has directed the Delhi Police to rehabilitate three siblings who were left in the lurch after their mother was set ablaze by their inebriated father in April 2012.
Additional sessions judge (ASJ) Savita Rao directed the police to file an application before the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) to take appropriate measures regarding the resettlement of children.
The judge observed that the children had faced the trauma of being eyewitnesses as they watched their father pouring kerosene on their mother and then setting her ablaze as she refused to give him money to buy alcohol.
“The SHO concerned is directed to move for rehabilitation of children before the CWC, if they have been left orphaned...” the court said asking him to verify if the children have been left orphaned.
The oldest sibling recorded a detailed narrative of the horrific incident and is the prime witness in the murder case.
According to his testimony, Virender, the father of the children asked his ailing mother for some money to buy alcohol.
When she refused to do so, Virender beat her up, doused her with Kerosene oil and set her on fire.
The boy said that after the incident, he, his minor sister and brother were taken in custody by their paternal uncle, who later turned them out.
The ASJ also took note of the boy’s submission that even as he aspires to study further, he is compelled to work in a factory.
“He wishes to study further if he is provided the facility for the same and the means for his survival,” the ASJ said.