The Congress party General Secretary, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, was served a notice on Thursday, June 25, by the Uttar Pradesh Commission for Protection of Child Rights for making allegations against the state administration of suppressing the facts in the name of investigation in the Kanpur shelter home case. The state Commission has demanded a corrigendum from the Congress party’s executive leader for her allegations.
The state Commission was seen in action after Priyanka made allegations in her Facebook post published on June 21 against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led state administration for their negligence towards girls in the shelter home. The commission made it clear that it would initiate action against the Congress party leader if she fails to submit the corrigendum in time. “Action will be taken if the corrigendum is not issued in time,” read the notice issued to Priyanka.
The Congress party’s executive leader had, on June 21, lodged her strong protest against the recently revealed news of 57 girls being infected by Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Kanpur’s shelter home. In the post written in Hindi, the Congress party leader had claimed that in an investigation for COVID-19 in the Kanpur shelter home, 57 were found to be COVID-19 positive while 2 girls were found pregnant and 1 was suffering from AIDS.
The District Magistrate, BR Tiwari, clarified to a news agency that the girls found pregnant were brought to the shelter home in the same state under various Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) cases. He also asserted that 57 girls who were found to be COVID-19 positive were admitted to the hospital. “57 positive cases have been reported, all have been admitted to hospitals. Five girls among them are pregnant, they were brought at the shelter home, under various POCSO cases, from different places,” said DM Tiwari, quoted ANI.
A First Information Report (FIR) was registered, on Tuesday, against unidentified people for circulating fake news of two girls in the Kanpur shelter home who were 8-month pregnant and that they are diagnosed with HIV. The FIR was registered by Kanpur District Probation Officer, Ajit Kumar, in the Swarup Nagar police station. The FIR was registered under Sections 188, 288-A, 505 of Indian Penal Code (IPC), Section 23 of POCSO Act, Section 74 of Juvenile Justice Act and Section 3 of the Epidemic Diseases Act. Ajit Kumar had clarified in his FIR that the pregnant girls were brought to the shelter home in the same state. He stated that a pregnancy test is mandatory before admitting any girl into the shelter home.