“This Diwali is dark for us. We have cooked nothing at home since the day my one-month-old child was kidnapped,” said Anita, 30. Her child was kidnapped on October 21 from the Kabari market here.
Her husband is a labourer and they live in a slum near the market. Three women, claiming to be social workers, visited her shanty and eloped with the child.
The family alleged biased treatment from the police. “When the child of a rich man is kidnapped, police use its entire machinery. But, things are different for the poor. We visit the police station everyday, but nothing has happened so far. No one is ready to understand a mother’s pain. Our child is still untraced because we are poor,” says Manju, the child’s aunt.
She said the police were in touch with them, but have failed to find the child so far.
The family says three women, claiming to be social workers, used to regularly visit their area. Last week, they told Anita that they will arrange free vaccination for the child at Government-run Rajindra hospital.
They also promised to register him for free medical subsidy with the government.
“I thought they were genuine social workers and, therefore, I went with them. On way to the hospital, they told me to wear clean clothes, saying that it does not look good in a hospital. As I entered the bathroom at Gurudwara Dukhniwaran Sahib to change, they fled with my child,” says Anita.
BREAKTHROUGH LIKELY SOON, SAY POLICE
Meanwhile, the police have recovered visuals of one of the women from a CCTV camera installed in the hospital premises.
“The family has identified the woman and based on their testimony we are trying to nab the culprits. A breakthrough is expected soon,” said Gurpreet Singh Bhinder, station house officer, Kotwali police station.
He also said photographs of the three have also been sent to all police stations in Punjab.