Minor alleges torture by cops

Child rights panel team begins inquiry
Sunit Dhawan / Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, April 2

An incident of alleged brutality by the local police has come to light with a 13-year-old boy accusing some policemen of subjecting him to torture.

The boy, who was reportedly arrested on the charge of stealing a two-wheeler earlier this week, has alleged that the cops not only thrashed him mercilessly after stripping him, but also injected petrol into his rectum and put chilli powder in his eyes during interrogation.

The boy, a student of Class V and resident of Krishna Colony here, was sent to a rehabilitation centre in Faridabad after the alleged torture. The boy’s father, who works in a local company as a helper, got him released on bail. The boy is presently undergoing treatment at the civil hospital.

Delhi-based NGO Shakti Vahini, which runs Child-line helpline in Gurgaon, counselled the boy and is monitoring the case.

In a letter to the Gurgaon Police Commissioner as well as the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), the NGO has termed the episode as a serious violation of the Juvenile Justice Act and demanded immediate action against the police personnel involved in the matter.

Following this, a team of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights reached Gurgaon today and has initiated an inquiry into the matter.

Gurgaon Police Commissioner SS Deswal confirmed the arrival of the team and maintained that they would make relevant records and information available to the team members.

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2011/20110403/haryana.htm#4

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