Family of rescued minor boy claims he is only 12

  • Jatinder Kohli, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Oct 01, 2014 22:31 IST

The family of the minor boy, who was rescued from the house of retried senior superintendent of police (SSP) on September 9,has come out with a school certificate of the boy showing his age as November 13, 2002.

The production of the certificate has brought a new twist to the case as the medical examination, conducted through the labour department at the civil hospital,had hinted that the age of the boy was more than 14 or15.

However, according to the certificate, the boy's age is around 12 years.

Considering that the boy's age was more than 14 or15 as revealed by the medical test,the department had shifted the case to the sub-divisional magistrate claiming that this case does not come under its purview as the boy's age is above 14.

Genda Lal Yadav, the boy's father, alleged discrepancies in the medical examination of his son and alleged that there could be some pressure to declare the age as 14 or 15.

He alleged that no action has been taken by the administration in the case even after three weeks of the incident.

"The family members of the retired SSP had forced his son to give statements in their favor and, in turn promised, him some heavy perks so that the boy would refrain from telling the truth", he added.
"My son was still living at an orphanage though his parents are alive," Yadav said.

Meanwhile, Dinesh, an activist of the Bachpan Bachao Andolan, complained to the Child Welfare Committee, that the SSP's family was still in touch with the boy at the orphanage in Rama Mandi and they are also offering him sweets and clothes, which is not allowed under the rules.

He demanded an inquiry into the incident and called it sheer negligence on the part of the administration. "The boy was still living at the orphan house since September 9, whereas he should have been shifted to the children's home," he added.

When contacted, labour inspector Kunwar Dabur said that they had asked the boy's family to produce any document regarding his age at the time of the raid but they failed to do so.

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