Father, step-mom in police custody for torturing child

Last Updated: Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 14:54

Pathanamthitta (Kerala): A father of a
four-year-old girl along with her step-mother were arrested
following complaints of torture inflicted on the child by the
couple, police said here on Thursday.

The girl yesterday sought the protection of her teachers
in a pre-primary school near her home, leading to the arrest
of the couple, who allegedly inflicted severe bruises on her
body, at Thiruvalla near here.

With a burn scar on her right arm and a swollen eye,
Saneesha, an LKG student, told her teachers that she had been
silently suffering the torture for quite some time and was
scared to tell anybody about her sufferings, police said.

Moved by the girl`s story, the teachers immediately
brought the issue to the notice of police, who arrested her
father Santhosh and step-mother Saritha, charging them
with cruelty towards the child, the sources said.

The girl told police that the scar on her hand was the
result of a red-hot iron ladle placed by her step-mother
while the swollen eye was the result of the severe beating
she received the previous day.

Daily wage earners who live in a rented shack, Saritha was
the second wife of Santhosh and the girl had been living with
them for the past two years. The girl told police that Saritha
used to beat her severely for flimsy reasons.

The girl, now under the care of police, has been admitted
to hospital.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 14:54

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