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Tussle over use of parks: Children complain of unfair treatment in local court decision

Children feel aggrieved by a court decision on the use of two parks in Sector 7.

Children feel aggrieved by a court decision on the use of two parks in Sector 7.

A local court has barred children from playing in one of the two parks and directed residents to segregate the larger park by installing nets and allowing it to be used by the children and the elderly.

Four children — Vansh (12), Ansh (13), Adarsh (11) and Devanshu (11) — had moved a local court seeking permission to play in the two parks in Sector 7. In January, the local court granted them interim relief and permitted them to play in the two parks till further orders.

However, in a recent interim order, dated August 28, the court stated that no right can be exercised in a manner so as to deny the similar rights of others. In the order, it further stated that the smaller park, which is 3.5 kanals, is too small for children for using it for playing games with equipment like cricket, football or hockey. Therefore, they can use the park for playing without using any sport equipment and let the elderly also use it.

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For the second park, measuring 10 kanals, the court held that since it is a large park, it can be used by the children and the elderly for taking walks.

It suggested that a portion of the park can be segregated by installing nets/meshes, enabling the children to play without risk of injury or detriment to the others. The suitable area can be segregated in consultation with other residents.

However, the children and their parents said they wanted that the smaller park be allowed to the children for playing football and the larger park be given to the elderly.

“The suggestion for segregation of parks was given by us before the court, but it was for the smaller park as it has an open area where children can play at ease. However, in the larger park, there are benches and cemented space,” said Arun Maheshwari, a father of one of the children.

The parents have also submitted a complaint at the CM window and also to the PMO against one of the residents, Roop Ram Jowel, for allegedly threatening the children who were playing in the park. In the complaint, the parents had alleged that Jowel had threatened the children and used abusive language while asking them to stop playing in the park.

Jowel, on the other hand, had stated that he had just asked the children to stop playing football as it was not allowed according to the recent court orders.
The next hearing of the case is on September 22.

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