After abuse, rescued girls kept at boys’ home: Report
HARDLY ANY MEASURES WERE TAKEN TO ADDRESS THE SEVERE TRAUMA SUFFERED BY THE GIRLS FOLLOWING REPEATED ABUSE, THE NCPCR TEAM FOUND
NEWDELHI:The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), which sent a fourmember team to Uttar Pradesh’s Deoria in August after 26 girls were rescued from an illegally run shelter home where they were allegedly subjected to physical and sexual abuse, has found glaring inadequacies and insensitivity in the rehabilitation of the traumatised victims.
For one thing, despite their distressed mental state, the inmates weren’t even provided a “genderappropriate” and “secure” facility to move to, the country’s apex child rights body said in its report, which was submitted to the Union ministry of women and child development last week.
The NCPCR sent the fourmember team on August 9, three days after the rescue. The inmates of Maa Vindhyavasini Mahila and Balika Sanrakshan Grih in Deoria, being run illegally by a couple, were rescued after a 10-year-old girl escaped from the shelter and complained to the police.The girls complained of having been subjected to physical and sexual abuse.
Immediately after the rescue, the victims were housed in a children’s home for boys, called Rajkiya Bal Grih, in Deoria, and were forced to share the facility for a week, according to the report. They were later shifted to separate government-run homes in Varanasi, Ballia and Allahabad.
“Against the gravity of the gruesome incident, the sexually abused girls were restored to a children home for boys. Thus failing to provide a secure, safe and comfortable space for (the) girls to recover from the trauma,” (sic) said the report, a copy of which has been seen by HT.
“He cannot monitor anything. There is likely to be a change in the next few days; we have to wait and watch,” Lobo said. On Friday evening, Parrikar visited his ancestral home for Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations for about 25 minutes. He is not known to miss the annual festival and this year only made it on the second day. A host of ruling party members, minister and lawmakers called on the chief minister on Friday.
Lobo, who called on Parrikar at a private hospital in Candolim before his departure for New Delhi, described his condition as “not good.” Reports indicate that Parrikar is not responding to medication and is progressively becoming weaker, which led to his being shifted to AIIMS.
As it faces pressure from alliance partners to put an alternative in place in the absence of Parrikar, who has held the coalition together since it was formed after the February 2017 state elections, the BJP has limited options before it: dissolution of the house to make way for early elections, appointing Union minister of state for AYUSH Shripad Naik as interim CM or handing charge to someone else in the cabinet.
President of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) Deepak Dhavalikar demanded that charge of the state be entrusted to “somebody senior” for the sake of Goa. MGP minister Sudin Dhavalikar is the seniormost leader in the state assembly.
“What I have said is in the interest of Goa. The charge needs to be given to somebody senior. For the last eight months Goans are suffering. Somebody needs to be in charge in Goa. Let it be given to somebody senior. Let them (BJP) decide who it needs to be given to,” Deepak Dhavalikar told Hindustan Times. Sudin Dhavalikar was appointed the leader of the ruling benches during an earlier hospitalisation of Parrikar. Goa Forward Party, another alliance partner, and independent Govind Gaude, who is also a minister, don’t favour the idea. Gaude defeated Deepak Dhavalikar in the elections last year. Goa Forward’s supremo Vijai Sardesai said the MGP’s opinion alone didn’t matter; what mattered is a consensus. Its stance could throw the alliance into jeopardy.
The BJP’s situation is complicated by the fact that the seniormost BJP leader and former deputy chief minister under Parrikar,D’Souza, is also ailing and hospitalised at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York, the same facility where Parrikar was admitted earlier this year.
The chief minister, as has been his style of functioning. keeps most of the portfolios with himself; he currently holds 52 portfolios. Besides the main portfolios of home and finance, Parrikar also looks after mining, environment and forests. In addition, he has been looking after the portfolios of his two ailing colleagues D’Souza (urban development and law) and Pandurang Madkaikar (electricity).
Parrikar was instrumental in stitching together the ruling alliance in Goa. Two of the BJP’s allies, including Dhavalikar’s MGP, had made their joining the alliance in 2017 conditional on Parrikar leading the government. The BJP has 14 MLAs and the two major alliance partners have three MLAs each in the 40-member house.
The opposition Congress, which remains the single largest party with 16 MLAs, said it would wait and watch as the situation develops but did not lose the opportunity to hit out at the rulingalliance. “Therulingpolitical parties are unleashing the ugly game of power and clamouring for their benefit. They can’t even give charge to a trusted lieutenant in the absence of CM. While we sympathise with the chief minister as far as his health is concerned, his act of snatching away the mandate given to the Congress in the 2017 assembly elections and his total mismanagement of all major issues in Goa has already driven Goa to the edge,” state Congress president Girish Chodankar said. “No one in Goa is Happy, the BJP is not happy, allies are not happy, the people of Goa are unhappy, bureaucrats and government officers are unhappy, even the CM and ministers are unhappy. This happens when you don’t respect people’s mandate.”
The CM was first hospitalised on February 14 for what was reported to be a case of food poisoning. On February 16, the state administration said the CM “is well and under observation... It is a case of mild pancreatitis.”
The next day, however, it was reported that Parrikar was under monitoring for “inflamed pancreas” and the Goa Legislative Assembly’s budget session, initially planned for three weeks, was curtailed to only four days.
On February 23, he defied the odds and presented the state’s financial statement in the Assembly the same day he was discharged from Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital.Two days later he had to be readmitted to hospital with dehydration. He travelled to the US for treatment on March 5 and remained there for a period of three months, returning on June 14 in time for the monsoon session of the Goa assembly. He flew to the US on August 10 for follow-up treatment,returned on August 20 and was admitted in Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital the next day. While he was initially expected to come back on August 25, his return was delayed and then he left again for the US on August 30, returning on September 6 only to be admitted in a hospital in Goa earlier this week.