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Child abuse prof to pay damages

delhi Updated: Nov 27, 2011 00:34 IST
Faizan Haider
Faizan Haider
Hindustan Times
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A professor of Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), accused of torturing his 10-year-old domestic help, finally appeared before the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) on Friday. After taking his statement, the CWC issued an order, asking Mohammed Ghazi Shahnawaz, 42, to pay compensation to the boy.

Shahnawaz had been absconding since the incident came to light. He joined the investigation after taking a stay from a sessions court till November 30.

"We will wait for the order of sessions court and will then proceed to arrest Shahnawaz. The CWC has found him and his wife guilty of abusing and torturing the 10-year-old," a senior police officer said.

HT had earlier reported that the boy's father had tipped-off the professor about the entire incident, thus helping him escape. CWC order has also blamed the boy's father.

"The boy is not willing to go with his father as he fears that he will be beaten up. But as the child wants to go back to his home town, the CWC has asked the NGO, Butterflies, to take the child to Araria in Bihar and hand him over to his mother," the officer added.

The CWC has also asked the professor to open an account in the child's name at his hometown and deposit the compensation in that account.

On August 17, a badly injured 10-year-old had been found on Mathura Road near Badarpur on August 17. At that time, the child had been unable to tell anyone where he worked or give any details about who tortured him.

Later, he had accused his employer, a professor at JMI, of torturing him. He had burn marks on his body to prove the allegations.