The mother of the nine-month-old girl who was assaulted by a maid at a daycare centre at Kharghar on Monday, said her infant has been too traumatised to be with her or any other woman since the ghastly attack, which was captured by a CCTV camera. Monday was the infant’s first day at the daycare centre. She is now under observation at Fortis Hospital in Vashi.
“She is scared to be with any woman because the person who assaulted her was female. But she is comfortable being with men, including her father. She is still traumatised,” said the infant’s 29-year-old mother.
She added, “The doctors have told us that there are some blood clots outside her brain which were caused injuries to her skull. They have prescribed medicines to remove them. Another CT scan will be done after two to three days.”
The mother said, “My husband and mother-in-law took our baby to the centre on Saturday (November 19) and sat there with her for two hours. Everything appeared to be normal. The baby was also comfortable and had biscuits there. But they did not leave the baby alone there that day. Monday was the first day when she was left alone at the centre.”
She added, “The daycare centre is just a two-minute walk from our house and many children from our colony are sent there. That was why we thought it would be a good place to leave our baby when we went to work.”
Dr Ashok Gauri from Fortis Hospital said, “The baby is now doing well. She is conscious and alert. The trauma might be a short-term effect of the assault; she will be alright in a few days.”
The police on Friday charged the maid and the owner of the daycare with attempt to murder. The mother said, however, that they should also be charged under child protection laws to ensure they remain in jail for longer.