Chandigarh: Director, Social Welfare, Nishu Singhal, has shot a letter to Adviser to the Administrator Primal Rai seeking legal action against city Mayor Asha Jaswal for forcing her entry into Snehalya along with supporters and also allegedly having a dialogue with a victim of sexual abuse.
Mayor forced her entry into Snehalya, protected home for sexually abused child victims
Mayor terms allegation false and frivolous
However, Mayor Asha Jaswal has termed the complaint as false and frivolous during her meeting with Devi Sirohi, Chairperson, Chandigarh Commission for Protection of Child Rights (CCPCR), on Saturday.
Sirohi said, “We had a meeting with Mayor Asha Jaswal in which she termed the complaint as false and frivolous. She said that nothing of that sort had happened. We are still investigating the matter.”
Social Welfare Director Nishu Singhal, in her letter, has stated, “Mayor of Chandigarh Asha Kumri Jaswal, along with some area councillors, namely Ravi Kant Sharma and Rajesh Kumar, and general public (30 to 35 persons) visited Snehalya on February 3, 20l7, around 3.15 pm. On reaching Snehalya, the Mayor asked the Superintendent about Snehalya and then she expressed her wish to meet children of Snehalya. The Superintendent requested the Mayor that she will bring children in the common hall, but the Mayor insisted on meeting the children in their respective classrooms and dormitories and that too without staff members.”
“However, as per Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of Children) Act, a visitor shall meet children in the presence of Child Welfare Officer Case Worker, but she, along with her team, denied the same. She bluntly and rudely refused that no staff member will accompany them……. Then they entered the classroom of the Special Educator and sent her out and bolted the room from inside. After taking a round of the classrooms and mess they went to the dormitories. They did not allow any of the staff members to accompany their team. She interacted with the media and expressed her desire to meet the child under inquiry and talk to the child about the ease. Chairperson Neil Robert of the Child Welfare Committee was requested to intervene and he requested the Mayor to follow rules and provisions of the Act as the case is under enquiry with the Child Welfare Committee and the police and that no person can meet the child without approval from the Child Welfare Committee and that too in front of the media which is a clear violation of the Juvenile Justice Act.”
The complaint further stated, “The police from Maloya police station also reached to take action against the staff of Snehalya on the request of the Mayor and her team members, whereas the staff of Snehalya followed the Rules and Regulations and tried their best to make the visitors aware of the provisions of the Act. The implications of this incident on children, especially the child under enquiry, may be viewed seriously.”
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