Keep child out of fight among adults,panel tells parents,society members

The Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MSCPCR) told both parties that it will come down heavily on anyone who harasses a child below 18 years of age.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:August 15, 2013 2:15 am

Stating that a child should not be witness in the fight between parents and housing society members,the Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MSCPCR) told both parties that it will come down heavily on anyone who harasses a child below 18 years of age.

The parents had complained to the commission that their son,who will turn seven this November,was emotionally,mentally and sexually harassed by society members. Residents of a building in Mahim (West),both parties that have had a history of quarrels,kept hurling allegations at each other during the hearing Tuesday. The commission,however,observed that the child should not be robbed of his innocence owing to squabbling adults.

“You seem to be having several fights of your own. There have been complaints and counter-complaints (filed with the police) and those will be taken care of by the law,police and judiciary. We want to make it very clear that do not bring a child into this. We are appealing to the better senses of both sides. Let children have their innocence,freedom and let them enjoy their childhood. If we get future complaints,we will be constrained to issue orders,” said the commission.

In a letter to the commission in June,the father had alleged that the harassment started after his son,unable to control himself,urinated in the society lift in February 2012.

“Subsequent to this incident,my child was forcefully taken to the society office. He was drilled and forced to watch his own CCTV footage and threatened. The same day,several society members were called specifically to the office and asked to watch the CCTV footage of my child urinating. The same adults tarnished the name and image of my child,informing and instigating other children in the colony to nickname him offensively. Saddened by the incidents and trauma my child has been through,I plead for justice only and action against the wrong-doers,” said the letter.

The father told the commission that the society secretary had also put up a notice on the building’s notice board,which stated that his son had urinated in the lift.

While society members denied the allegations,they said that the father had broken the buidling’s CCTV camera and beaten up a society member.

“Tempers will have to come down. Living in Mumbai is difficult,areas are cramped and there are less spaces. Hence,when you live in a housing society,we expect that society members will be fair to each other. Solve your problems by way of dialogue and we expect that the society members will live harmoniously,” said the commission.

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