Mumbai: Even four months after two officials of Dongri home were suspended for being caught red-handed for allegedly extorting bribes from parents of juveniles to hand over the child’s custody to them , thereby violating Juvenile Justice Board’s order for custody, no FIR has been filed in this incident which took place in April this year.
The incident took place within the premises at the Dongri observation home at Umerkhadi. The officials had threatened the parents that if they did not pay the bribes, they would never be able to see their children’s face again.
In April, 2016, a sting operation was carried out by a news channel where Deepak Sangle, the then store manager and Ravi Yadav, the then probationary officer at the Dongri correctional home were caught red-handed for allegedly taking bribes and leaving the parents no choice but to bribe the officials to seek custody of their children. The officials were merely suspended and no First Information Report (FIR) has been registered at the Dongri police station. (Dongri home falls under the jurisdiction of Dongri police station)
In the sting operation video, it is shown that despite the orders of the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) for handing over the custody of the juveniles to their parents and possession of relevant documents for completing the custody formalities, two fathers of juveniles were forced to run from pillar to post to seek custody of their children and coerced to pay bribes.
In April 2016, one of the juveniles was brought to the Dongri home and the court had issued orders to release him and hand over the custody to the parent. After 12 days of the JJB issuing orders for the same, a father of the juvenile was made to run from pillar to post. Sangle had threatened the father of the juvenile that if he did not pay the bribe of Rs 30,000, his son would not be released. If he made any noise about it, Sangle would send his son for six years at such a place, that the parents would not be able to see their child’s face ever again. The juvenile was from a poor family. However, to end the tyranny of the officials and fearing the threat to his son’s life, the father paid the bribe and sought custody of his child.
In yet another case, Ravi Yadav, the then probationary officer demanded a sum of Rs 10,000 to be paid in cash to be kept in separate envelopes so that the alleged bribe amount would be distributed between several officials of the observation home.
According to an official of the Juvenile Aid Protection Unit (JAPU) who is attached to the Dongri police” none of the Child Welfare Committee( CWC) members or any officials from the Juvenile Justice Board, Dongri or Superintendent of the Dongri home came forward to register a First Information Report (FIR) in this matter. I am aware about this particular bribe taking incident at the Dongri home, but we have not received any official complaint so far. Neither any parent of juveniles has approached us in this extortion case.”