Fast- track child rape cases: CWC
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