Minor girl to be brought back from Gorakhpur

TNN | Apr 18, 2014, 01.31 AM IST

PANAJI: An eight-year-old girl who was wrongly sent to a protective home in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, on order of the Child Welfare Committee (CWC), South Goa, will be brought back to Goa, since the child's mother lives here. The escort team will leave for Gorakhpur on Wednesday.

The girl was placed in the state-run protective home at Merces after she was found wandering on the streets of Vasco.

Vasco-based NGO Arz had approached the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (Ncpcr) seeking review of the CWC's order alleging violation of the Juvenile Justice (care and protection of children) Act, 2000 and Juvenile Justice Rules.

The contention of Arz was that the girl was sent to Gorakhpur even though she had no family or relatives there and her mother lived in Vasco.

The Ncpcr in its order in February observed that there was critical violation of provisions of Juvenile Justice Act. The department of women and child then appealed to the CWC to review its earlier order.

The department's official said the CWC has amended its order facilitating the girl to be brought back to Goa. The escort team could not be sent earlier because they had difficulty in getting railway tickets booked for Gorakhpur at a short notice. "Summer vacations are on and people are travelling," said the officer.

When asked whether the custody of the girl will be given to the mother, the officer said the decision on this will be taken by the CWC, which is an authority appointed under the Juvenile Justice Act.

"In the first place, the girl landed in the protective home because she came from a disturbed family and there was nobody to take care of her," the officer pointed out.

The Ncpcr in its February order had also directed the department of women and child to review all cases of transfer of children to other states under the Juvenile Justice Act.