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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