Suja Jones Mazurier, mother of the seven-year-old who allegedly faced sexual abuse at the hands of her father Pascal Mazurier, has sought the intervention of the Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights in the case.
A High Court order on December 18 had given Pascal Mazurier visitation rights to all their three children, including their daughter, the alleged victim. Though she said that she would appeal against the order in the Supreme Court, she did not do so. Sources close to her said she was trying to mobilise resources and find an advocate who would take up the case pro bono.
In a letter to Kripa Alva, chairperson, Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, a copy of which is available with The Hindu , Suja Jones wrote: “My daughter is traumatised and I am shocked that this could happen. I do not know what step to take. I need the immediate intervention of the Commission since I do not have much time.”
Kripa Alva said, “We are looking into the matter and trying to explore how we can help them. But the court order came late and with court holidays having begun, we will see what best we can do in the coming days.”
Throughout the day, Suja Jones Mazurier remained inaccessible to the media.
Several child rights activists and groups, including South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring (SICHREM) and Swaraj Abhiyan, held a press conference on Wednesday supporting Suja Jones. They said that the child was an important witness in the case and such a meeting may intimidate her.
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