CWC denies custody of rescued child to parents

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Bhubaneswar: In a rarest of the rare case taking exemplary action against the ‘erring’ parents, the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) today denied to handover the girl child who was found locked up in a house in Kalarahanga area under Mancheswar police limits and later rescued yesterday.

The Committee after meeting its parents said the latter must ensure it about the safety and security of the girl child who was reportedly being treated in an ‘inhuman’ way by its parents for past couple of months.

It said the parents must arrange security of the child and submit a written proposal before.

“If the CWC is satisfied with the proposal then it may handover the child to its parents,” said a member of the Committee.

The Committee today lodged a complaint against the mother at the Mancheswar police station here.

The Committee, in a written complaint, stated that injustice has been meted out to the girl child as she has not been given proper care and security.

Meanwhile, the mother of the child, Puja Das, who works at a private hospital in the city, on Tuesday told the media persons that the members of the Ruchika Childline had a telephonic call on Monday night asking her to come to her house.

“I had told them categorically that I cannot come immediately as I was in charge of a patient whose condition was critical. I would reach the house at 7. 30 PM. But they did not wait for me and took away my daughter by breaking open the lock of the room,” she added.

“A mother can never torture her baby”, She added.

Notably, the girl child was rescued from a locked room of a house in Bhubaneswar on Monday evening. With the permission of the Additional District Magistrate (ADM), members of the city-based Ruchika Childline rescued the girl child after breaking open the lock of the room from a house at Kalarahanga under Mancheswar police station limits.
The rescued girl child, who was later taken to the Ruchika Childline office, is in a state of shock, reports said.
CWC member Benudhar Das said the child would be taken to the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) after her condition becomes normal. The committee would take its next course of action”, said. When asked, the child said she gets afraid of being alone inside the locked room.

“Whenever I tell my mother not to leave me alone, she says she would continue to do so,” she told the media persons present during her rescue. “Duty, duty, duty, ” the visibly upset child replied when asked why does her mother leaves her alone.

Though the mother of the child, working in a private hospital, was contacted by the members of Ruchika Childline over phone, she said she cannot go at the moment. The owner of the house informed that the woman has been staying staying in his house on rent with her husband and the daughter since last one year while she used to go out for work by leaving her daughter alone for nearly six months.

“The problem has started for nearly six months in the absence of the husband of the women. When we ask about her husband, she says he has gone on training. We have been telling her not to leave her daughter alone. We have also told her to make alternative arrangement so that some members of her family should be with her daughter or else vacate the house,” said the wife of the house owner.

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