Nine months on, boy yet to get compensation


GURGAON: City police are yet to give a compensation of Rs 25,000 to a 13-year-old boy who was allegedly detained, physical abused and tortured in police custody in March despite the recommendation from the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) four months ago. The NCPCR had sought an action taken report from the district administration in this regard. After a letter from NCPCR, the Gurgaon deputy commissioner in September had asked the then police commissioner, S S Deswal, to arrange the compensation immediately to the victim so that a compliance report could be sent to the commission.

However, even after so many months, the compensation has not been given. Now, the NCPCR, through a letter dated December 9, has once again written to the deputy commissioner seeking to be informed as to whether such compensation has already been paid to the victim. The letter further stated that a compliance report should be furnished to the NCPCR within 10 days of the receipt of the letter. Talking to TOI on Monday, Vinod Tikoo, NCPCR member who conducted the inquiry, confirmed that the commission is still awaiting the report from the administration.

Meanwhile, NGO Shakti Vahini spokesperson Rishi Kant alleged, “Forget about the compensation to the victim, his father is being hounded by the accused cops to take back the case. He also approached us a few days ago and narrated the whole story.” The NGO will pursue the case in the court on their behalf, Kant added. When contacted, police commissioner K K Sindhu said he was not aware of the case and told this reporter to talk to the DCP (west). The case dates back to March 28, 2011, when the minor boy, a resident of Krishna Colony, Sector 4, was arrested by the cops at Sector 4 police post on charges of theft of a Kintetic Scooty. The NCPCR had noted in its investigation that the arrest was shown by the police in its record as on March 29 and the child was found to have been illegally detained and tortured in the police post.

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