Chandigarh:The enquiry report submitted by the Chandigarh Commission for Protection of Child Rights (CCPCR) has given the clean chit to Mayor Asha Kumari Jaswal. The CCPCR mentioned in its report, “Asha Jaswal has committed no trespass as her visit was intimated prior to Snehalaya Superintendent Mukesh Lata and she was duly greeted and welcomed on her arrival. And all members accompanying her complied with the requirement of making entry in the visitors’ register.”
Commenting on the allegations made against the Mayor for meeting the victim child and violating the JJ Act, the report (a copy of which is with Daily post) reads, “It seems apparent that some staff members of Snehalaya introduced the victim child to Mayor Asha Jaswal in a separate room. With no stretch of imagination, it cannot be presumed that the Mayor already knew identity of the victim child on her first visit.”
“The Mayor has expressly mentioned that the Warden and the Superintendent of Snehalaya had introduced her to the victim child in a separate room. But this has been denied by the Warden as well as by the Superintendent,” mentions the report.
“The major allegation against the Mayor and her team members is regarding the meeting with the child, victim of sexual abuse, under the POCSO Act, 2012. None of the statements disclose how the victim child was identified and came in contact with the Mayor and her team members,” reads the report.
The commission has also mentioned that the Mayor in her comments disclosed that when no proper response was given to her regarding the enquiry report relating to the victim child, she sat in her vehicle and as she was about to leave, one of the staff members of Snehalaya approached her and requested her to come back and meet the child.
The report mentioned that the complaint of the staff of Snehalaya and officials of the Department of Social Welfare, Chandigarh, regarding the threats by the Mayor has been denied.
However, the Mayor expressed clearly that she was angry with them when they were not allowing her to distribute sweets personally and to meet the child to facilitate her rehabilitation.
The commission has highlighted that Asha Jaswal’s desire to distribute sweets has not been denied in any of the statements submitted by the staff members and officials of the department.
However, every statement mentioned that she, along with other councillors and her team members, spoke to the victim child in a closed room where nobody was allowed to enter.
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