Teen abused in their custody? NCPCR to ask Gurgaon police


GURGAON: The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) is not happy with the way the Gurgaon police have handled the case of a 13-year old boy, who was arrested on charges of vehicle theft last week.  The boy’s parents had allegedly accused the police of brutally thrashing him, pouring petrol in his rectum and sprinkling chilli powder in his eyes while he was in custody before sending him to a rehabilitation centre.

An NCPCR team, headed by V K Tikoo, visited the boy and his family on Saturday. Taking to TOI, Tikoo said the NCPCR is going to send a questionnaire to Gurgaon police administration on Monday, seeking answers in the case. “We have found lapses in the police’s version of the case. We may have to summon DCP (west) to ascertain certain issues. The medical test conducted on the boy confirms the injuries,” added the NCPCR member.

Stating that NCPCR is not happy with the administration’s lack of sensitivity in handling cases related to children, Tikoo said the commission was going to issue fresh instructions to the Haryana government regarding the proper implementation of provisions of Juvenile Justice Act and other laws related to child rights.

NGO Shakti Vahini, which runs Childline in Gurgaon, has also urged the Gurgaon police commissioner to look into the matter and take action against erring officers. A senior NGO member said that during the counseling, the boy complained that he was stripped and mercilessly beaten by the policemen. The boy is a resident of Krishna Colony. His father had got him released on bail and finding his condition critical, he admitted him to the civil hospital.


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