Spastic boy abandoned,home says shift him

A boy,believed to be around 5-6 years old with severe physical and mental disabilities that point to possible spasticity,was found abandoned in a cradle outside a children’s home in Sarita Vihar on May 1.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:May 4, 2012 3:55 am

A boy,believed to be around 5-6 years old with severe physical and mental disabilities that point to possible spasticity,was found abandoned in a cradle outside a children’s home in Sarita Vihar on May 1.

Two days later,no police case has been registered in the matter and no proper medical report has been submitted.

Authorities at the welfare home for children,Sarita Vihar,who found the boy,produced him before the Child Welfare Committee (Lajpat Nagar) on Thursday,stating that the child appears to be “severely mentally challenged and is unable to walk or communicate”,and requested that he be shifted to a specialised home for the “mentally challenged”.

Social workers from the home reportedly informed police personnel at Sarita Vihar after he was found .

Raaj Mangal Prasad,CWC (Lajpat Nagar) chairperson,said: “The child is in a vegetative condition and,from the looks of it,appears to be spastic. The institution could not produce any proper medical report of the child and,as is frequent in such cases,came requesting his transfer.”

The order noted that the home had claimed that the medical examination was performed,but the “report was not available yet”.

Directing the home to immediately conduct a proper IQ test of the child,produce his medical examination report for a precise diagnosis of his problem and to prepare a proper rehabilitation plan,the CWC also hauled up police for not registering a case in the matter yet.

Stating that this was a fit case of willing abandonment of a child by parents,the CWC ordered that investigations be started to trace his parents immediately.

“If parents could take care of him till this age,what was the compelling reason for abandoning him now… the police have to make efforts to trace them,” the CWC order said.

Police said they were yet to receive the CWC order. Addl CP (South East ) Ajay Chaudhary said,“We will talk to CWC authorities. If any such abandoned child has been found,we will register a case and conduct a proper investigation.”

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