West Bengal Commission for the Protection of Child Rights Chairperson Ananya Chakraborti on Thursday refuted the Union Women and Child Development Ministry’s remark that 10 baby girls, rescued from an old age home in Thakurpukur, were taken to a hospital on the instruction of Union Minister Maneka Gandhi. “This is absolutely wrong news. There was no such call from the Ministry of Women and Child Development nor from the minister herself,” Chakraborti said.
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“The state CID did a fantastic job and they took the babies to the ESI hospital in Joka on their own. There was nobody’s intervention or instruction for taking the babies to the hospital,” she said. On November 25, the CID rescued 10 babies, all girls, from ‘Purbasha’, a home for an old age home for the mentally challenged and took them to the ESI hospital where they were admitted.
Doctors at ESI Joka said health condition of the 10 babies were not as sound because of the “negligent treatment” that was meted out to them at the hideouts. Most of the babies were suffering from malnutrition and skin disease, while two babies were “extremely weak” and one was Thalassemic, the doctors said.
The Women and Child Development Ministry had on Wednesday tweeted that the ten baby girls rescued from an old age home were taken to the hospital on the Union minister’s intervention.
“Rescue operation was carried after Smt.@Manekagandhibjp instructed the WBCPCR to take suo-motu action based on news reports,” the ministry had tweeted. The state government body, West Bengal Commission for the Protection of Child Rights, formed in 2005, exists under the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights.
Chakraborti said a team from the WBCPCR has visited children homes in Baduria and in Joka and their “findings” along with photos were submitted to the National Commission for Protection of Child rights. In fact, the WBCPCR has sought reports on nursing homes dealing with child birth from the district magistrates, the Child Welfare Committee and formed a three-member committee to help the CID in its probe into child trafficking in the state, she said.