An enquiry committee consisting of members of Child Welfare Committee (CWC), Nagaland Child Rights Committee (NCRC), Bayavü Colony, North East Region Service Nepali Association (NERSNA), Labour Department and advocates has been constituted to enquire and make a detailed study on child abuse case of 10 year old student of GPS, Bayavü.
The committee was constituted during an emergency meeting called by CWC at Nagaland Bharat Scouts & Guides conference hall to discuss and draw to a consensus regarding the fate of the abused victim who was currently placed at a home since it was reported his father has come to claim him.
The meeting was attended by CWC, NCRC, Labour Department, Bayavü Youth Organisation, Bayavü Women Organisation, YouthNet, Juvenile Justice Board, Nepali organizations, Panchayat GB and chairman and teachers of Bayavü GPS. Extensive discussions were held during the meeting regarding the 10 year old victim of physical torture by his owner, a resident of Bayavü colony, Kohima.
At the meeting Sachopra Vero, chairman CWC said the incident was a case of “crime against society and not just an individual” and therefore, the situation needed to be analyzed properly. While asserting that the case cannot be withdrawn, he stated action/penalty needed to be given to the accused which should be left to the court to decide.
The chairman also urged the Nepali community to look into the matter and ask the intention of the father in wanting the child back as the victim’s family belonged to the Nepali community.
The president of NERSNA said it was the fault of the parents for keeping the child in such a situation and said such practices should be discontinued. Chairman, Bayavü Panchayat said the incident was a complete violation of human rights and that this was not the first time that the accused had abused a domestic help. YouthNet highlighted on rights of a child victim of abuse and stated that any decision taken should be according to a child’s interest as per Juvenile Justice Act.
BYO, teachers of GPS, Bayavü also spoke at the meeting.
Project officer, Labour Department informed that on October 10, 2006, the Govt. of India had notified that keeping children below 14 years of age as domestic servants is prohibited. In this context, he said the department was trying to sensitize the people but expressed regret that it was taking time.
He said the committee should check whether the victim was legally adopted by the accused while explaining that, under Juvenile Justice Act, no one can take a child under State Govt. custody.
Meanwhile, CWC has expressed gratitude to GPS Bayavu Youth organisation, Bayavu Women Organization, project officer, labour department and the NCRC for promptly rescuing class 111 student Chibu Chetri who was assaulted by his guardian. CWC in a press informed that the child was sent to Eden Gardens Childrens Home Khuzama for his education with the consent of his father Gopal Chetri.
The child would be provided rupees 500 per month under the State Child Protection Scheme (SCPS) sponsorship programme by social welfare department.