Calcutta HC takes cognizance of repeated allegations against a home for children with special needs

An FIR was lodged at Durgapur police station on April 28 after the death of a child with special needs at home.

An FIR was lodged at Durgapur police station on April 28 after the death of a child with special needs at home.

Taking cognizance of an FIR registered against a house for children with special needs in West Bengal, the Calcutta High Court has directed the District Magistrate of West Burdwan district to file a report in the matter.

Justice Rajasekhar Mantha in his October 31

order also said that the court may find and withdraw two earlier writ petitions in respect of alleged incidents of gross unfairness at Durgapur Viklang Happy Home. “The Inquiry Officer shall consider incorporating the provisions of Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016If so deemed necessary,” the order said.

An FIR was lodged at Durgapur police station on April 28 after the death of a child with special needs at home. The FIR has been registered under Section 304/34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). “The Commissioner of Police, Asansol-Durgapur Police Commissionerate, shall render all necessary assistance to the District Magistrate, West Burdwan for the purpose of audit and inspection, if necessary, for carrying out the above order,” the order said. has gone. Justice Mantha said the matter would come up for hearing again on December 13.

In another order, Justice Moushumi Bhattacharya of the High Court had directed the Secretary, Durgapur Disabled Happy Homes to file a report with reference to the observations made by the District Magistrate and Collector, Paschim Bardhaman as well as the State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities . in December 2020. The observation by the district authorities includes that the prisoners will not be treated badly and the solitary room at home should be removed. The State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities (PwD), West Bengal has found the house guilty of the charges leveled by the parents and imposed a fine of ₹5,000 on the house in December 2020.

Justice Bhattacharya’s order was in relation to a petition by a parent who alleged that their child with autism was “caged” and forced by the home authorities to take back their child in the year 2019. went.

Mental health activists have expressed concern over repeated allegations of negligence against a special home for children with special needs. “It is unfortunate that allegations are coming up again and again against a particular house. I know this matter was brought before the statutory bodies related to child rights in the state, but the parents got no help. Mental health activist Mohit Randeep said that along with fixing accountability for negligence, training of employees should be started at the earliest.