Pune: A three-member committee appointed by the Women and Child Development (WCD) Department will submit its report regarding inaction by officials of WCD and alleged ignorance shown by officials and staffers at the Observation Home about sexual assault complaints of minor boys. The report is expected to be submitted this week, said Lahuraj Mali, WCD Commissioner.
The complainant, in this case, had objected to the earlier report submitted by the committee comprising the District Women and Child Development Officer and Child Welfare Committee (CWC) members.
Against this backdrop, a new committee was appointed on June 1 by Mali. The three-member committee consisting of Divisional Officer PB Shirke, Child Developmental Probation Officers VA Taware and Sandhya Nagarkar will probe the issue and action taken by the District Women and Child Development Officer and Child Welfare Committee members.
Similarly, it will examine the action taken by the Observation Home. The committee members will submit a report on action taken against officials and staffers at the Observation Home.
Vilas Pandare (42), the secretary and manager of an orphanage, had lodged a first information report (FIR) at Ghodegaon police station in Pune rural on May 11.
The complainant had alleged that minor boys at observation home were forced to watch objectionable material by staffers of the home.
The complaint has stated that the staffers ignored sexual assault complaints registered by minor inmates.
The case has been transferred to the Shivajinagar police station. The police have booked the then supervisor of the home and its staff and some inmates under several sections of IPC and Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act and sections of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, 2015.