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Dharavi torture: CWC will decide girl’s custody after she recovers

Grandparents of Menaka Thakur, the seven-year-old girl who was beaten up and branded by her stepmother in Dharavi, will have to wait till she recuperates completely from her injuries before they find out if they could take her to their native place with them.

mumbai Updated: Feb 20, 2012 00:57 IST
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Grandparents of Menaka Thakur, the seven-year-old girl who was beaten up and branded by her stepmother in Dharavi, will have to wait till she recuperates completely from her injuries before they find out if they could take her to their native place with them.

Saroj Thakur, the victim’s paternal uncle, told HT, “The Children’s Welfare Committee (CWC) told us that a decision would be taken once Menaka recovered.” The child is currently being treated for pain in her knees and a shoulder injury at JJ hospital.

Saroj said they were facing a hard time trying to meet Menaka. “My father Sukhnandan Thakur returned home without meeting her,” he said.

Menaka was discharged from Sion Hospital last week and was taken to the children’s home in Dongri. However, as the child had not recovered from her injuries, she was taken to GT hospital and then finally to JJ hospital.

The CWC will decide if Menaka will be safe with her grandparents in Bihar or if she needs to be looked after by a child care centre in the city. The decision of the CWC will be based on a report filed by a probation officer who will personally visit the victim’s grandparents’ residence.

The victim’s stepmother, Aarti Thakur, is currently behind bars.