Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MSCPCR) has directed that the eight-year-old autistic child studying at Jamnabai Narsee School in Juhu be observed for 19 more days by an expert committee and a final report be submitted to it. The committee headed by Dr Samir Dalwai will also consist of an occupational therapist and a psychologist.
Stating that the child was not fitting into classroom environment and by demanding constant attention was disturbing others,the school had asked the parents to transfer him to another school last year. Subsequently,the High Court allowed the child to attend classes with a shadow teacher. It also asked a committee appointed by MSCPCR to observe the child for a month in classroom.
While the committee headed by Dr Dalwai submitted a report in May stating the child was fit to attend school with a shadow teacher,the school told the commission last month it would not accept the report as the child was observed only for 11 days,not 30 as stipulated by the court.
At Tuesdays hearing,Dr Dalwai told the commission he stood by his report.
In his last report,he had said the other students were happy to help the autistic child and that he was not hurting himself or others.
I am responsible for my observations as a qualified person. It is my prerogative to decide how best to give an opinion and if I feel that 11 days are enough to give reasonable solution to what the court has directed,it should carry some meaning, he told the commission,adding that he was finding it difficult to get suitable people for the panel.
The commission,while stating that Dr Dalwais competency was not doubted,observed that the orders of the court will have to be followed. The commission also said Dr Dalwai would have complete discretion to appoint to the expert panel who he wants to.