Fast- track child rape cases: CWC

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - Sunchika B Pandey MUM­BAI

The 3- year- old girl raped by her fa­ther in Novem­ber last week is close to re­cov­ery. How­ever, the happy end­ing to her story of be­ing placed in a lov­ing fam­ily rests with the court of law. The Child Wel­fare Com­mit­tee is there­fore not seek­ing for her case to be tried in the fast- track court, since un­less the court holds her fa­ther guilty and de­clares him un­fit for her cus­tody, she can­not be rec­om­mended for adop­tion. “If ei­ther of the par­ent of a child is alive, we ei­ther need the par­ent’s con­sent to de­cide whether the child can be given for adop­tion, else the par­ent has to be de­clared un­fit for cus­tody of the child. In this case, the fa­ther who has raped her cer­tainly is un­fit for the cus­tody but the court needs to pass the or­der. There­fore the sooner the or­ders come, the bet­ter it is for the girl,” said Sharad Barse from Child Line, Aasra, in Kalyan.

With four mi­nors raped in the Thane district alone over the last two months, the Child Wel­fare has more cases in the pipe­line to be pur­sued for fast- track­ing. “If not all, some cases must be pri­ori­tised con­sid­er­ing the se­ri­ous­ness of the case and the need of the child,’ added the CWC’s na­tion head Kevin Si­mons. The CWC has ini­ti­ated the process of tak­ing le­gal as­sis­tance and writ­ten to the po­lice to co­op­er­ate in fast- track­ing the cases. “We should have a clearer pic­ture by the end of next week,” added Si­mons. There have been four cases of chil­dren be­ing raped since the month of Oc­to­ber in Thane district. While a 12- year- old girl was mo­lested for over 10 months by a neigh­bour in Oc­to­ber this year, a four- year- old girl was re­port­edly raped on De­cem­ber 13. An­other nine- year- old met the same fate on De­cem­ber 17, while the case of the three- year- old be­ing raped by her own fa­ther jolted all on Novem­ber 24. “All the cases are of a sim­i­lar mag­ni­tude, and de­serve to be heard in the least time pos­si­ble. We shall keep try­ing for the cases to end with bet­ter and faster de­ci­sions,” added Barse. CWC has ini­ti­ated the process of le­gal as­sis­tance and asked the po­lice for their full co­op­er­a­tion

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