In a shocking incident from Delhi‘s Harinagar, an 8-year-old boy was rescued from his stepmother by the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW). The boy used to be beaten up and tortured by his stepmother on a regular basis, said officials.
As per reports , the boy’s cries used to haunt the entire neighbourhood. The neighbours said that they had tried seeking help from the police several times but police refused to intervene terming it as a family matter. Disgusted by police inaction, neighbors dialed the Delhi Commission for Women’s 181 helpline. DCW team immediately reached the location and entered the house with a PCR team.
At the time when the DCW officials reached, one could hear the voice of the boy crying for help. The team rescued the child and took him along with his stepmother to the local police station.
The child was then counseled by the DCW team. He was initially very scared and was unable to speak anything. When he got a bit comfortable, he narrated the horrific story of what he’d been going through for a very long time.
‘Regularly thrashed, tied up with rope’
He told that he was regularly and brutally thrashed by his stepmother. He was tied up with a rope whenever she used to go out. The boy was not allowed to go outside, meet anyone. He was made to sleep on the floor and wasn’t given food properly.
The child had visible bruises, wounds and scars all over his body. His hands are swollen and had deep wounds. There were severe scratch marks on his back. He had injuries on the head, back, hands and knees. The boy was living in a miserable condition with shabby clothes, said officials.
Boy’s custody given to father
The child was then taken for a medical examination and a complaint was registered in Harinagar Police Station. The boy was shifted to a shelter home on Tuesday night. He was then presented before a child welfare committee on Wednesday, where the Committee had ordered his father to also be present.
The father said that he’s been living with his child and his second wife in Mumbai and since the last 1.5 years the boy was living with his stepmother in Delhi. The father claimed that he had no idea about the horrific incidents happening with his child in his absence.
Commission unhappy with proceedings
The Committee has now ordered custody of the child to his father. The Commission, unhappy with the proceedings, has issued a notice to the police asking them the reasons for not registering an FIR considering the gravity of the matter.
Taking cognizance in the matter, DCW chief Swati Maliwal has written to the CWC and expressed her grief in the matter. She is unhappy with the fact that no FIR was ordered against the stepmother and the child was handed over to the father without proper investigation.
“The child wants to live with his grandparents in Mangalore, and CWC should ensure that he is handed over safely to them. The Commission also wants a team to be constituted to keep a regular check on the condition of the child,” the letter said.
DCW Chief Swati Maliwal said, “This is a very shocking and scary case. A young boy was subjected to such brutality and torture. This incident has put humanity to shame. The Commission went out of its jurisdiction to save the boy’s life. We have issued a notice to the police asking them why an FIR was not registered in the first place.”
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