Instead of aiding the police in finding the man who tortured his 10-year-old son, the father helped the accused, identified as a professor at the Jamia Millia Islamia University, to escape the police.
The Delhi Police during the investigation found that the child’s father was trying to mislead the police and was in constant touch with professor Mohammed Ghazi Shahnawaz, 42, and another professor of the university.
“Although the child now wants to go back home, the Delhi Police fear that his father will not cooperate if he is given the custody of the child. So, the child is still with Butterflies NGO,” a member of Child Welfare Committee (CWC) said. The Delhi Police is yet to trace the professor.
An order passed by the CWC on Friday says that the child in is statement to the committee has said that he was employed at Shahnawaz’s house.
“The child had burn marks on his feet and ever since he was found, he has been consistently narrating his bad experience of how he was maltreatment and abused by the professor and his wife,” the member said.
“It is shocking to learn that a professor of psychology, who by virtue of his education and training should have been sensitive enough to not employ such a young child, tortured and abused him,” the CWC said in its latest order.
“It is shocking that such a case of illegal confinement of child has come up in the National Capital. It is due to the sincere efforts of the good Samaritans of our society that we are able to liberate such children who are illegally confined and being forced to work under miserable conditions,” a member of the NGO said.
During these two-and-half months, the child was in the NGO’s shelter home. According to the police, the child has now come out of the trauma.