Abused 7-yr-old to go home to Bihar with grandparents
Menaka Thakur, 7, will finally go back home to Muzzafarpur in Bihar with her paternal grandparents, nearly two months after being rescued from domestic abuse.mumbai Updated: Mar 27, 2012 01:45 IST
Menaka Thakur, 7, will finally go back home to Muzzafarpur in Bihar with her paternal grandparents, nearly two months after being rescued from domestic abuse. Her stepmother, Aarti Thakur, 24, has been accused of branding Menaka with hot spoons and beating her with a rolling pin while she was living with her in Dharavi. She has been arrested. Menaka’s father, Sujith, who brought her to Mumbai in November last year, has been granted bail but is still behind bars as no one is willing to stand surety for him.
The Child Welfare Committee (CWC), on Monday, granted custody to her paternal grandparents, who had raised her before she came to Mumbai. On February 1, locals rescued Menaka as she ran out of her home crying. She told them that she was being beaten by her stepmother. The locals called the police and Menaka was admitted to hospital.
“We are in the city till Wednesday and will leave for Bihar with Menaka. Our girl has been through a lot in the past few months,” Sukhanandan Thakur, Menaka’s grandfather, told HT as he was finishing the formalities at the gate of the Dongri Children’s home, where Menaka had been kept after she was discharged from the JJ hospital. Her grandmother, Phoolkumari, said that she can’t wait to take her granddaughter home. “We regret the day we allowed our son to take her to the city,” she said.
Saroj Thakur, Menaka’s uncle, has been with her through the ordeal since February 1. “After months we shall sleep peacefully today,” said Saroj.
The family said Aarti was pregnant and were hoping that she would be allowed to go home for delivery. “Even though we are still angry at Aarti, we heard she has been unwell because of the pregnancy,” said Sukhnandan. “While she is at fault, her unborn child should not suffer because of this.”