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Petition demanding POCSO for Thane civic chief filed after video goes viral of minor girl used as masseuse


Thane: A criminal Writ Petition (WP) has been filed against the Thane civic commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal by petitioner Vikrant Karnik on Thursday. The petition was filed after a video of the civic chief went viral, which showed Jaiswal employed a minor girl who was misused as a masseuse.

After the incident, the girl and her family suddenly disappeared and one fine day returned to record their statements at the anti-extortion cell while the petitioner went on a hunger strike demanding justice for the minor girl. Karnik has now demanded that Jaiswal be charged under sections of POCSO (protection of children from sexual offences) Act. Advocate S S  Bhise and Advocate Sagar Joshi have filed this petition on behalf of Vikrant Karnik in the court of Justice Bhushan Gavai in High Court on Thursday. The matter will come before the hearing on January 18.

Petition claims, the girl was working in the bungalow of the civic chief and besides her regular job, she was forced to be a masseuse to him as well as his colleagues. This sensational revelation came into light when the girl had told about this in a video where she had stated that she used to give the massage to the commissioner. When petitioner tried to look into the matter, the girl was suspended from her job and her rented house was demolished claiming that it was the only house found to to be illegal. Also, the demolition squad threatened to demolish each house in the slum area of Tiikujini wadi, if the girl and her family did not leave the city,claims the petition.

“we have the faith in judiciary. The police and civic authority has together been fighting to get a clean chit to the Commissioner. While I was on the hunger strike, this girl had come to visit us in the pandal where she denied saying these statements. First of all we have demanded to lodge a complaint under POCsO act and the enquiry should have been done by senior level of police whereas the girl and family was questioned by the police officer. We have filed the petition and waiting for the justice.” Said, Vikrant Karnik, Petitioner from Thane.

The story so far

A video had gone viral where a minor girl accused Thane civic Commissioner for using her as a masseuse. Later the girl’s house was demolished and the family fled away to Surat. The Thane Matdata Jagaran Abhiyan is a NGO that tried to get the facts clear as the minor girl was working in an IAS officer’s house and also was used for vulgar work by the Thane civic Commissioner as per her statement.

The Manpada police had recorded the girl’s family’s statement that the video was fake and she was prompted to say these sentences. Later when the NGO and petitioner went on the hunger strike, the girl and her family returned from Surat and anti-extortion cell recorded their statement in front of the police. The family was forcefully taken to the police station,claimed the petitioner and were recorded the statement where the girl and her family admitted of not being harassed and denied of her statement of the old video in front of the media.