The Delhi child rights panel on Wednesday said it has rescued four minor siblings who were allegedly sexually abused, from their house in northwest Delhi.

Three sisters — aged 14, eight and four years — and their toddler brother had been living on little food with untreated wounds and skin diseases for almost over year till they were rescued on March 6, said Rita Singh, a member of the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) on March 6.

“The 14-year-old told us she had been repeatedly abused by her landlord and his son since her mother died a year ago. The four-year-old girl was found with a skin disease in the head extending up to the neck,” Singh said.

Their father, the member said, is a daily wager and an alcoholic who would physically abuse the children. They allegedly survived on just a few meals a day.

Of the four children, only the eight-year-old was enrolled in a corporation-run school, the member said.

“The case was brought to the commission’s notice by Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) officials after they observed that the eight-year-old had stopped coming to school. After this, a team was sent to check on the child where they were found living in miserable conditions,” said Singh.

An FIR was registered with the Adarsh Nagar police station. The children were produced before the child welfare committee (CWC) and have been sent to shelter homes till further investigation.

“The children have been housed at child care institutions. The commission will enquire whether they were covered under the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS),” said Ramesh Negi, chairperson, DCPCR.

In this case, said Negi, besides the state-level monitoring agencies, the civil society has to play a major role in helping children live in a safe environment and report instances of neglect and abuse.

To reach out to children in distress, the commission has appointed volunteers ‘Bal Suraksha Mitra’ at 20 police stations across the city, which have recorded the highest cases of Protection Of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and of missing children.

First Published:
Mar 14, 2019 10:35 IST

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