ADITYA DEV / TIMES OF INDIA
GURGAON: National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has acted swiftly in the case related to torture of a 13-year-old boy in custody at Sector-5 police station. The commission on Tuesday recorded the statement of DCP (west) Maheshwar Dayal, who appeared for the second hearing in the case.
Meanwhile, sources told TOI that head constable Jitender Kumar, the investigating officer in this case, has been suspended. Along with him, a constable who also tortured the child has been sent back to Indian Reserve Battalion, the parent body from where he was deputed to the Gurgaon police. Sources close to the developments said that the NCPCR members took serious note of complaints that the victims parents were being forced to take back the case. They also informed the DCP about their displeasure during the hearing on Tuesday.
The jury members stated that they were informed by reliable sources that the parents of the child were being intimidated by some police officers, including the investigating officer in the case. The jury members asked the DCP to ensure that no police officers from his jurisdiction were involved, directly or indirectly, in intimidating or threatening the victim or his family.
A letter to this effect was also written to the DCP and copies were sent to the chief secretary and the state police headquarter among others, the source said. The commission has also told Gurgaon police that it is their duty to ensure the safety and security of the child as well as his family members. When asked, a jury member told TOI that one more hearing will be held in the case and then fresh directives would be issued to the state government regarding the implementation of the Juvenile Justice Act. SC lawyer Ravi Kant, who is also associated with Childline in Gurgaon, said the state has a very poor record as far as child rights are concerned.
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