Mi­nors mo­lested in school: Par­ents want women guards MAN SEX­U­ALLY AS­SAULTS MI­NOR NEIGH­BOUR

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Arvind Walmiki arvind.walmiki@hin­dus­tan­times.com Arvind Walmiki Arvind.walmiki@hin­dus­tan­times.com

A 36-year-old res­i­den­tial build­ing at Vashi’s sec­tor 3 de­vel­oped a huge crack on Satur­day morn­ing. Ninety peo­ple be­long­ing to16 fam­i­lies liv­ing in the build­ing have, how­ever, re­fused to va­cate it as they do not have any al­ter­na­tive place to move into.

The res­i­dents have pre­ferred to risk their lives by stay­ing in that build­ing to be­ing home­less. So far, nei­ther the City and In­dus­trial Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) nor the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) has been able come up with a so­lu­tion.

The NMMC, how­ever, wasted no time in serv­ing no­tices to the 16 fam­i­lies just af­ter the build­ing de­vel­oped the crack.

“They did it just to show that they took pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures to save our lives. If some­thing hap­pens to us, they will blame us by say­ing that we re­fused to va­cate our flats even af­ter get­ting the no­tice. But where will we go with our fam­i­lies just within a few hours?” said one of the build­ing’s res­i­dents.

The B3/17 three-storey build­ing is one of the old­est struc­tures de­vel­oped by Cidco and it pro­cured its oc­cu­pa­tion cer­tifi­cate in 1978. Each floor of the build­ing has four flats. The build­ing was de­vel­oped for lower in­come groups. Many of the res­i­dents are se­nior cit­i­zens and chil­dren.

There are 10 build­ings in the com­pound. Ac­cord­ing to the res­i­dents, al­most all the build­ings are in bad shape. “As soon as we learnt about the in­ci­dent, we in­formed both Cidco and NMMC and re­quested them to do some­thing for the safety of the res­i­dents. But mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Tukaram Munde said that as per the norms they Res­i­dents look at the crack in one of the houses of the three-storey Cidco build­ing.

can­not pro­vide tran­sit camps to such peo­ple. To our sur­prise, Cidco too does not have any such camps any­where in the city,” said Vib­hav Gaik­ward, lo­cal cor­po­ra­tor of Vashi.

“The NMMC said that since Cidco had built the build­ing, so they need to take the re­spon­si­bil­ity

to take the mea­sures,” he said. The cor­po­ra­tor added, “They are ready to seal the build­ing. But where will the res­i­dents go? Even if we ar­range for some tem­po­rary space in a tem­ple, they can­not stay there for long. A new build­ing will also not be ready within a few months.”

The build­ing was not in the list of dan­ger­ous build­ings pre­pared by the NMMC ahead of the mon­soon. Gaik­ward said, “We do not know what type of au­dit they con­ducted to un­der­stand the con­di­tion of the build­ings.”

Cidco of­fi­cials were un­avail­able for com­ments.

Af­ter two mi­nor girls were mo­lested by a watch­man of a mu­nic­i­pal school in Thane, par­ents have de­manded women se­cu­rity guards at the TMC school.

On Mon­day, the 35-year-old man mo­lested the two girls in his cabin. He had also threat­ened the girls.

The school au­thor­ity did not take any ac­tion against the watch­man, Vikas Chavan.

The in­ci­dent, the first in a mu­nic­i­pal school in Thane, has shaken the par­ents.

“The school should hire both men and women se­cu­rity guards,” said a par­ent, a Ko­pri res­i­dent whose daugh­ter stud­ies in the school.

The par­ents of the school met and de­cided that they would take their con­cerns to the new prin­ci­pal and Thane Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (TMC) of­fice on Mon­day.

San­deep Malvi, pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer of TMC, said, “We have al­ready started the process of hir­ing se­cu­rity guards for TMC schools. The ac­cused se­cu­rity guard was ap­pointed by the se­cu­rity board of Vashi.”

The Ul­has­na­gar po­lice has ar­rested a 22-year-old man, Murli Ramkaran Sa­hati, for al­legedly sex­u­ally as­sault­ing his six-year-old neigh­bour.

On Fri­day, Sa­hati went to the boy’s house and told his mother that he was tak­ing the boy to his home to watch car­toons on TV.

Se­nior in­spec­tor from Ul­has­na­gar po­lice sta­tion Shakil Shaikh said, “Sa­hati turned up the TV vol­ume and sex­u­ally as­saulted the boy. He threat­ened the child and told him not to tell any­one about the in­ci­dent.”

But he told his mother about the in­ci­dent. Sa­hati was ar­rested and has been re­manded in po­lice cus­tody till Septem­ber 1.

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