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Sex scandal: Haryana stone-hearted,says child rights watchdog

NCPCR trashes govt’s report on sex scandal at Rohtak shelter

Written by Varinder Bhatia | Chandigarh | Published: July 3, 2012 1:12:15 am

India’s child rights watchdog has assailed the Haryana government’s response to the Rohtak shelter scandal as “shocking”,“shoddy and insensitive”,and declared that the deputy commissioner concerned has forfeited the right to be in his job.

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) had sought Haryana’s response to 17 specific recommendations it made in the wake of alleged sexual exploitation and harassment of inmates at the home.

“It appears that the Haryana government has decided not to do anything in the children’s favour,” NCPCR member Vinod Tikoo told The Indian Express. “The state government has not been able to send a convincing reply to even one of the 17 recommendation and points highlighted by us.”

Commission members said that Haryana had adopted a “stone-hearted approach” in its action taken report (ATR),and that in dealing with the state government,they felt as though they were “banging their heads against a wall”. The commission has drawn up a point-by-point rebuttal of the ATR,and is likely to reject it entirely when it gives its reply,sources said. “The government has done the most shoddy job in dealing with such a sensitive issue,” said a member of the commission.

Tikoo said the NCPCR did not intend to stop at merely slamming the Haryana government and “their so-called action taken report”. “They (the government) deserve far sterner measures. The commission can never tolerate such a shoddy approach by a state government. We shall be taking the Haryana government to task very soon,” Tikoo said.

Another senior NCPCR member issued a similar warning: “It is indeed shocking,the way the Haryana government has responded. They will have to face the music for such a shoddy and insensitive approach”,the member said. Members of the commission were especially hard on Rohtak deputy commissioner Vikas Gupta for his “utterly lackadaisical approach”.

Tikoo said,“All that the state government,particularly the deputy commissioner,has done is to forward us letters written by him to other wings of the state government… Why do we need such a deputy commissioner who cannot take decisions,and is busy merely writing letters to other departments? He holds no right to be in his position. It is even worse than a typical clerical approach adopted by the officials of the Haryana state government.”

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