Cuttack: Woman beats niece with broomstick, arrested as video goes viral
Video, which appears to have been shot by a neighbour, shows the woman beat the child with her hands and then the handle of her broomstickindia Updated: Dec 13, 2017 17:11 IST
Police have arrested a woman in Cuttack city for beating her 4-year-old niece with a broomstick, a video of which went viral on social media.
In the video, the woman Pranati Roul (38) is seen beating the bare-bodied girl with hand and then with the handle of a broomstick as the child is washing clothes near a water tank in CDA Sector-11 area. The video appears to be have been shot by a neighbour.
Cuttack childline member Dolly Dash said she was alerted by the neighbours following which the Cuttack commissionerate police arrested the woman.
Roul was minding the girl left by her brother and sister-in-law in March after they went to Delhi, along with their son, to work as servants in people’s homes.
“It was evident that she was being beaten regularly. There were bruises all over her body. The child said whenever she was not able to wash clothes or clean utensils, her aunt used a broom to beat her,” Dash said.
The woman said she had to beat the girl because she was doing mischief and her parents knew about it.
The girl was rushed to the Sishu Bhavan for a preliminary medical examination after which the Child Welfare Committee recorded her statement.
“I have asked her parents to take her and they have assured to come in one or two months,” Dash said.
“She told us that her parents beat her more than her aunt, so she chose to be with her aunt. It’s not just a child torture, but also a gender issue,” Dash said.
Cuttack deputy commissioner of police Akhileswar Singh said a case has been lodged against Roul under Juvenile Justice Act.
In August this year, the video of a three-year-old child being beaten during a math lesson by her mother had gone viral and sparked a debate on child abuse by parents.
Indian cricketers Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh shared the video on their Instagram accounts, speaking out against the abuse.