Salesman ‘hits’ 8-year-old for fiddling at retail chain
Parents of an eight-year-old girl lodged a police complaint on Saturday after a salesman allegedly hit the child for fiddling with provisions at a reputed retail chain the previous night. The store is situated at Omaxe Mall on Sohna road.
Dr Punit Kamra, a resident of Nirvana Society, had gone to an Easy Day outlet with his wife and daughter at 9pm on Friday.
"I was paying my bill when my daughter complained of pain in her head. She pointed at a salesman and said he had hit her. When I questioned him, he kept giggling instead of apologising," Kamra said.
The child said, "Uncle hit me and was rude to me."
"We are regular customers here. We thought it was a safe to shop at such stores. The incident, though, has proved otherwise," wife Archana said.
The Kamras also said that the entire staff at the store played down the incident and dared them to call the police.
The parents then immediately reported the matter to the city police.
The retail store, however, refuted the charges and maintained that salesman Rajeev Kumar casually patted the girl when she was touching provisions at the billing counter.
"I had just patted her to stop her from touching things. The mistake was inadvertent and I apologised to them
twice," Rajeev said.
A representative of the Easy Day management called up HT and claimed that the matter was resolved after a compromise with the parents.
"We are ready to show the CCTV footage of the store which clearly shows he did not hit her," the official said.
The Kamras, however, denied any compromise and said they will pursue their complaint.
The Sadar police station officials who had reached the spot said that they had taken note of the complaint and would initiate an investigation.