Court seeks ministry reply on deaf-mute girl’s rehabilitation

A Delhi court on Wednesday used the example of Pinki,a deaf-mute girl picked up from the street who has now lived in a government-run home for 11 years,to advance the cause of all girls like her.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 5, 2012 1:14 am

A Delhi court on Wednesday used the example of Pinki,a deaf-mute girl picked up from the street who has now lived in a government-run home for 11 years,to advance the cause of all girls like her.

Metropolitan Magistrate Ekta Gauba issued notice to Secretary,Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment,asking it to detail efforts made to rehabilitate Pinki,who is now 22 years old.

The court also issued notice to Delhi government’s Department of Women and Child Welfare,and asked the National Commission for Women to comply with its earlier order to rehabilitate her.

Pinki was found on the streets of East Delhi by a rickshaw-puller,and sent to Nari Niketan by a trial court in 2000. She was then shifted to a short-stay home,Nirmal Chhaya,in 2009 by order of another magisterial court,and was also in institutional custody of Nari Niketan.

However,no attempt was made to impart education to the girl. In December 2011,Magistrate Gauba noted that Pinki was institutionalised for so many years in Nirmal Chhaya for no fault of her own,and that no formal education,or training in sign language was imparted to her.

Wednesday’s notices followed an earlier order by the same court,in which it had asked the Ministry of Social Justice,Department of Women and Child Development,Social Welfare Department and Delhi Commission for Women to rehabilitate Pinki,provide her basic and special education and make sure her rights are not violated.

After Nirmal Chhaya,the court then rehabilitated her to an NGO named Bapnu Ghar,which informed the judge that necessary training is being imparted to Pinki. The NGO also showed the court clothes stitched by Pinki. Meanwhile,the Delhi government’s Department of Women and Child Development filed its status report,stating efforts made to rehabilitate speech and hearing impaired and told the court that a hearing aid has also been given to Pinki.

The court,during the last hearing,held that “Pinki is a deaf and dumb girl and no attention has been paid to the girl by any of the welfare departments for the past eleven years,while she was in the custody of Nirmal Chhaya.”

While giving her custody to Bapnu Ghar,the court had added that “she could not be left in the open world because of the physical disability of the girl as well as the danger to any girl by reason of being a girl.”

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