Sunday, August 25, 2013

Forgery signs on birth certificate of ‘juvenile’

Chand’s birth certificate with the date clearly overwritten


 

Mateen Hafeez TNN

Mumbai: Though the grandmother of the first arrested accused in the gangrape case, Chand Shaikh, has claimed he is only 16, there are telltale signs of forgery on his birth certificate.
 
    Shaikh, who the police say is 19 years old, was arrested on Friday morning and has been remanded in police custody till August 30. 
 
    On Saturday, his grandmother, Sharna Bai, showed mediapersons his birth certificate which mentions February 26, 1997 as his date of birth. However, there seems to be some overwriting in the place where the birth year is mentioned.
 
 
Chand would regularly drink, say neighbours
Mumbai: Besides the date and time of delivery column, there are no apparent signs of tampering on the birth certificate of Chand Shaikh, arrested for the gangrape of a photojournalist. Birth certificates are issued by the Brihanmumbai Mahanagarpalika. 

    Asked about the overwriting, Chand’s grandmother Sharna Bai said, “I can’t read or write, so I don’t know what difference it makes. I know only one thing: my grandson is not 18.” There is no other document available that could establish Chand’s exact age. 

    Three years is the maximum punishment for minors under the Juvenile Justice Act. 
  Chand, who was detained last year by the NM Joshi Marg police after a fight between two groups, lives with his grandmother in the slums at Dhobi Ghat at Saat Rasta, barely half a km from the scene of crime.
 
    “He has been staying with me ever since his parents passed away. He works at a shop selling chicken and would not indulge in such [criminal] activity,” Sharna Bai claimed.   Neighbours in the area said Chand would drink beer regularly. “He would hardly mingle with locals and would come late at night after finishing work at the chicken shop. We don’t know his exact age as nobody remembers when he was born,” one of the hutment-dwellers said.


Chand’s grandmother Sharna Bai claims she cannot read or write 
 
 
The Times of India, August 25, 2013

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