CWC inquiry one-sided,no abuse at girls’ home: Prayas founder

A day after the Child Welfare Committee Lajpat Nagar accused the Prayas Children’s Home manager of abusing two teenagers and directed police to initiate investigations to register a case,the senior management of the home rubbished the allegations.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: May 13, 2012 2:13 am

A day after the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) Lajpat Nagar accused the Prayas Children’s Home manager of abusing two teenagers and directed police to initiate investigations to register a case,the senior management of the home rubbished the allegations.

Calling the CWC proceedings to be motivated and baseless,the authorities said they had not been “informed” about the inquiry.

Addressing mediapersons,Amod Kanth,Founder of Prayas Home and former chairperson of Delhi Commission of Protection of Child Rights,said,“We challenge the CWC order. All allegations against us are baseless. I have checked the files of the teenagers and there were no records of complaints. The staff were not informed of the CWC inquiry.”

He said the accused manager was “informed about the complaint against her by an informal email,and no summon was issued.”

“I agree the manager made a mistake by going to the committee,especially when there was no formal summon. How can the inquiry be proper if it is one-sided?” Kanth said.

The CWC order had said the manager in her statement had admitted to denying food to the girls and making them sit on the stairs all night as punishment. The CWC said she confessed to making the girls do her manicure and pedicure and that she had paid them for the service.

“Our lawyer will take steps to challenge the CWC claims,” Kanth said.

CWC(Lajpat Nagar) chairperson Raaj Mangal Prasad declined to comment.

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