An aggrieved six-year-old, accompanied by his father and grandmother, had to knock on the doors of the judicial magistrate's court in Indore to save himself from a 'blood sacrifice' ritual his mother and her family were determined to perform.
Acting on the complaint, the court of the judicial magistrate, Indore, on Wednesday directed the police to register a case against the complainant's mother and her family under the Domestic Violence Act, 2005, and also directed the MIG police to serve a notice to the mother and her family to appear before the court during the next hearing scheduled for September 14.
Sapna Gome, the mother of six-year-old Himanshu, and her family were convinced that there was treasure hidden in their house and all that was required to extricate it was the blood of a child.
It all began back in May 2014, when the six-year-old's maternal family came visiting them at their home in Teen Kua Pancham Ki Fail locality.
The mother's family members included her father Kailash Gome, mother Savitri Gome, brother Mayank alias Monti Gome and sister Pooja Gome, all residents of Lala Ka Bagicha under MIG police station.
The visiting family confided in Sapna Gome that they knew of a treasure in their house but needed a child's blood to get it. Sapna Gome readily agreed to sacrifice her own son's blood for the cause.
However, traumatised and disoriented, the child fainted before the blood could be drawn and the 'treasure hunters' had to make a quick getaway.
When Himanshu's father and his grandmother came to know of the incident, they decided to prevent the mother and her family from seeing their son.
However, a year later, the mother once again tried to draw blood from her son. When the child raised an alarm, they even beat him up.
Fearing for his son's life, father Hemant Kunhere and grandmother Kamla Bai lodged a complaint against the Gome family at the Tukoganj police station.
When no action was taken in this regard, according to the complainant's counsel advocate Krishna Kumar Kunhere, Hemant Kunhere and Kamla Bai appeared before the JMFC court of judge Neetukanta Verma on May 6, 2015.
Taking cognizance of the matter, the court directed the district woman and child development (WCD) officer to investigate the matter. On Wednesday, the investigating officer submitted the report finding true all the allegations.
The court has directed the police to register a case against the Gome family and ordered them to appear before the court during the next hearing on September 14.