A five-member team of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has intervened in the case of torture of an eight-year-old boy in Gurgaon, directing the district administration to ensure treatment of the child.
“The NCPCR took suo motu action in the case. The child has been admitted to a hospital and is being treated for injuries. We will give further directions to the Haryana government on Monday,” said NCPCR member Vinod Kumar Tikoo.
The boy was rescued on Tuesday by local NGO Shakti Vahini after a call was received on its child helpline about the abuse being faced by him. The eight-year-old was employed as domestic help at the DLF Phase-I residence of Ishwar Kumar Gupta since the past two months.
“He was regularly beaten up by Mr. Gupta and his wife, who even set their dog on him as punishment. Injury marks are evident all over his body,” said Rishi Kant of Shakti Vahini.
The police were initially reluctant to file a first information report, said Mr. Rishi Kant. A case was later registered under Section 23 (punishment for cruelty to juvenile or child) and Section 26 (exploitation of juvenile or child employee ) of the Juvenile Justice Act, and Section 374 (unlawful compulsory labour) of the Indian Penal Code.
Mr. Rishi Kant said Mr. Gupta denied treating the child badly, but could not explain the injury marks on his body. “He was arrested by the Gurgaon Police on Wednesday, but was granted bail on Thursday. His son, Manish Gupta, was also arrested in connection with the case on Friday, and was granted bail the same day. Ms. Gupta is said to be absconding since Wednesday,” he added.
Shakti Vahini received a video of the child being kicked by Ms. Gupta repeatedly.