Menaka Thakur, the 7-year-old girl from Dharavi who was allegedly tortured by her stepmother, has been recuperating at the JJ hospital for the past one week without any family member by her side.
Menaka was sent to the JJ hospital for further treatment by the Children's Welfare Committee (CWC) last Monday.
Menaka's paternal uncle Saroj, who was with her while she was being treated at Sion hospital, said: "I wasn't aware of which hospital she has been moved to. Initially, I was told that she was in GT hospital. I could not find her there. Later I found in the newspapers that she was in the JJ hospital. No one has made an effort to inform us about Menaka's condition or which hospital she is recuperating in."
Aarti Joshi from Balprafulta, an NGO that deals with child rights, said, "Normally, the probationary officer (PO) assigned to the case by the children's home guides the relatives or guardians about the procedures to be followed."
"If the PO has been appointed in this case, then normally he should have contacted the guardians," she said.
The Dharavi police had earlier confirmed that the CWC had appointed a PO who was to submit a report. Santosh Shinde, a member of the CWC, had said: "The PO will help out Menaka's relatives when they approach him."
When questioned if the PO should have contacted the victim's family, Shinde said, "The staff at the children's home is co-operative and once they learn about the problem, they will ensure that Menaka's relatives are guided on the steps to be followed."
Pratibha Menon, a child's right lawyer, said, "The police should keep the family of the victim posted."