Assault against children; In the latest, parents are the villains
Assaults against children ache our hearts. Soon after the death of a seven-year-old boy who was brutally assaulted by his mother’s partner in Thoudpuzha, the incident of a three-year-old boy in Aluva who was assaulted by his parents is making headlines in Kerala.
It was on Wednesday the boy sustained serious head injury and was admitted to a private hospital in Aluva. In the incident, police registered a case under murder attempt against the boy’s parents.
Parents of the boy are Jharkhand natives and moved to Kerala only 10 days ago. Since then, they have been staying at Kalamassery in Ernakulam. The injured boy was admitted to a hospital in Aluva by his father and father’s friend. Soon, he was shifted to Rajagiri hospital in Aluva after finding the condition critical. Doctors there found the burn marks and bruises on his body. Following that, hospital authorities informed the matter to police.
Shortly after the child was brought to the hospital, the parents had demanded to shift him from there. However, the hospital authorities refused to shift the child who was under ventilator assistance.
Child’s father and his friend told hospital authorities that they are taking the child to Kottayam medical college. An ambulance equipped with ventilator was arranged for them. Doctors who checked the boy once again just before the departure informed the child’s father that this one hour-long journey would put his life into danger. Following that, the father agreed for surgery in the private hospital. As a final attempt to save his life, doctors immediately undertook his surgery.
In connection with the incident, police had interrogated the parents and registered a case for murder attempt. Later, mother of the child confessed to the crime and told police that she injured the child.
Father of the child, a driver by profession, had told police that the injury was caused as the child fell in the kitchen. Knowing about the incident, Childline workers arrived at the hospital and collected information. To give report to the government, District Childline Protection Officer K B Saina also visited the hospital.