The CWC committees have been allocated two small rooms at the Pune Municipal Corporation-run Dalvi hospital where chairs and tables have been donated by an NGO, and currently, there are no computers. There is a need for repairs at the common toilet where the door does not shut properly.
The bench of magistrates said that “separation” will adversely affect the child’s well-being and gave “interim custody” to the parents to whom the child was allegedly sold.
Arti Kujur, chairperson of the child rights panel, has sought a detailed report from the Ranchi Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) within seven days.
In February, the Delhi government had issued advertisement for filling vacant posts in the existing CWC. In April and May, meetings were held for the state-level selection committee to recommend eligible candidates for the same.
In today’s column, I want to draw attention specifically to the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) in Mumbai where I spent a morning last week in the hope of getting permission to place two street children in a private children’s home run by a Parsi trust.
My experience came as a harsh reminder that ‘parivartan’ has not begun to happen in officialdom despite Narendra Modi’s promise of ‘minimum government and maximum governance’.
It has been learnt that last year, there had been gross discrepancies while setting up such CWCs in several districts.
The victim was among several girls brought to Delhi by her maternal uncle.
He had handed over his son to an ASHA worker, who had given Rs 700 for purchasing medicine for his wife and 50 kg rice.
The children were handed over to their guardians after medical check up by Child Welfare Committee (CWC).
The girls had claimed to be aged between 18 to 22, but the NGO had told the CWC that they were minors.
The child was rushed to Civil hospital in Gurgaon and was admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit. She is stable, doctors said.
Announced with much fanfare in July, the unit is still to get basic infrastructure and manpower.
The couple who allegedly bought the infant were detained too.
Ramaswamy is still in the ICU along with his daughter, police to record his statement.