Inquiry holds SMU orphanage officials responsible in circumcision case

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Front Page

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Dec 04: A Magisterial Inquiry held the Shillong Muslim Union (SMU) officials responsible for circumcision of eleven boys from the orphanage. The orphanage is run by the SMU and the authority is likely to seek actions those officials who are responsible for the act.
The Magisterial Inquiry report which was submitted to the government stated that the orphanage (Meherba) secretary Khurshid Thabah aided by Najibur Rahman are responsible for taking the boys to the NEIGRIHMS hospital for the circumcision.

The boys were taken from Meherba for the said circumcision on October 4, 5 and 6 without obtaining either verbal or written consents from the parents of the children, the report revealed.  Four out of the eleven children are Muslim by faith while the others were born Christian but converted to Muslim.
The children are from Jirang in Ri-Bhoi district and Khliehriat in East Jaintia Hills were admitted at the Meherba for education and for knowledge of the religious scriptures only.
One of the parents expressed shock on learning that their two children were circumcised without consent since the family is Catholic by faith.
As per the report, there are no verbal or writing forms to show that the parents of the boys have given their consent for the circumcision operations.
East Khasi Hills district Deputy Commissioner, Sanjay Goyal, informed that the report was handed over to the state government for information and necessary action.
He said he would write to the police to look into the legal aspect of the case and if necessary to take punitive actions as per law against the erring officials involved in the ritual.
The report further revealed that the Meherba is yet to even register itself with the authority concerned of the state government - the State Social Welfare department.
Mentionably, the inquiry was instituted following the petition filed by the Seng Samla Shnong Shilliang Umkhen (SSSSU).
Earlier in their petition, the SSSU had demanded the authorities concerned to ‘deregister’ and ‘dismiss services’ of three doctors of the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) for their involvement in alleged unethical and illegal action of circumcision on 13 minor boys.
The three doctors who were named in the letter included Dr Habib Md. Reazul Karim (Urologist), Dr Syed Wasim Hassan (Anaesthetist) and Dr Mhd Yunus (Aneasthetist).
On the allegations, the inquiry report ruled out any active role of the doctors. “No active role could be established that the doctors were involved in the operations of the boys without the consent of the parents,” the report stated.
The petition had claimed that during September 30 to October 6, thirteen minor boys of Meherbaan Orphanage, Shillong, were circumcised by the three doctors without the prior information and consent of their respective parents who reside in far flung villages of the state.


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