Jharkhand High Court
Ranchi, Feb. 11: She may be half the woman, but is twice the braveheart.
Abandoned by her mother and leered at by her mother’s Facebook buddy, a Class V student of a reputable Ranchi school knocked on the doors of the Chief Justice of Jharkhand and got herself police protection.
After writing out an application to the chief justice, the 12-year-old met R. Banumathi on Monday. She heard her out and directed Jharkhand Legal Services Authority to take up the matter.
Jhalsa’s executive chairman and high court judge D.N. Patel asked Hindpiri police to offer the child extra cover.
While police remained tight-lipped on their exact plan, it is learnt that a constable will guard her.
The tweener’s troubles began after her parents got divorced and her schoolteacher mother won her custody.
The child told Chief Justice Banumathi that they moved to her maternal grandparents’ home and how soon her mother found a friend on Facebook with who she decided to settle down.
Unfortunately, the man did not see her as his foster daughter, the girl told the chief justice. He gave her evil leers, scaring her out of her wits, particularly when her mother refused to heed her insecurity.
On Sunday night, her mother’s friend visited their home and insisted that the mother-daughter duo come along with him. While her mother packed her belongings, she refused to leave her grandparents. The man apparently tried to take her away forcefully. Unsuccessful in his attempt, he furtively warned her that he would come back for her.
The petrified child confided in her grandfather, a retired bank employee, who decided to help her approach Jharkhand High Court. On Monday, the girl applied for a meeting with Chief Justice Banumathi and was granted one.
A senior judicial officer of Jhalsa, not willing to be named, said the state child welfare committee had also been informed about the child’s predicament. “The committee will take up the matter and inquire into her complaints further. The minor will receive all help necessary for her safety,” he added.
SSP Bhimsen Tuti confirmed that they had received instructions from Jhalsa. “Police have taken up the matter. A constable has been pressed into service,” he said, refusing to divulge details for the child’s security.
“If need be, an FIR will be lodged and the case will be investigated from all angles,” he added.