A Jamia Millia Islamia professor, whose profile on the university website says he publishes a journal on child abuse, is absconding after being accused of torturing a 10-year-old domestic help at his house.
The Delhi Police are trying to trace the professor, Mohammed Ghazi Shahnawaz, 42, for the past two-and-a-half months.
To double the tragedy for the tortured boy, the police said his father was the one who tipped off the professor, allowing him to escape. Shahnawaz had even applied for anticipatory bail, which was rejected.
The boy was found on Mathura Road near Badarpur on August 17, but was unable to tell the NGO that rescued him or the police where he worked or give any details about who tortured him.
“He said his employer used to torture him and he even had burn marks on his body,” a senior police officer said.
He is being taken care of by the NGO, Butterflies. The Child Welfare Committee (CWC) on Friday issued a formal order (a copy of which is with HT) to arrest the professor.
The boy told the police that he belonged to Bihar’s Auraiya district and his father had sent him to work at Shahnawaz’s house. “In our investigation, we found that Shahnawaz’s in-laws live in Auraiya and they knew the boy’s father. He was brought here in July and according to his statement, his employer used to beat him even for small things,” the officer said.
After taking the boy’s statement, a Delhi Police team went to Bihar and brought his father to Delhi. Simultaneously, the matter was brought to the notice of the CWC.
“The father wasn’t very cooperative and didn’t give much information. We scanned his cellphone details and found that he was in touch with a professor of Jamia,” the officer said. The police also found that the father had been passing on investigation-related details to Shahnawaz.
After Shahnawaz was identified, the police took the boy to the professor’s Jamia house and he identified it as the place he worked at. But by then, Shahnawaz was nowhere to be found.