CHENNAI: A day after news reports about a boy being allegedly beaten up in a government-run home and delay in handing over him to his father, Sheila Charles Mohan, a member of the Child Welfare Committee, said the panel was holding frequent meetings, contradicting the statement of the superintendent of the government home.
Glory Gunaseeli, superintendent of the home, had said that there was delay in handing over the child to his father since the Child Welfare Committee conducted hearings only on three specific days in a week - Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
The school boy, who had bunked school, was spotted by police on the Marina Beach and was taken to the government home at Royapuram. The child and father, after the boy was allowed to go home on Tuesday, alleged that the boy was beaten up with rubber tube. It took four days for the father to take back his son, since the Child Welfare Committee conducted the hearing only on Tuesday.
“Though I visited the Kelly’s home on Friday, I was not informed by the staff of Royapuram home about the boy. There has been miscommunication in this case,” Sheila Charles Mohan told Express. The CWC member said she learnt about the case only from newspapers. She said the committee would promptly visit homes and conduct hearings, if they were informed.
Meanwhile, activist A Narayanan said the CWC must conduct hearing five days a week. The government has clarified last March that CWC can sit five days in a week, he said.