Bhopal: Mother scrubs face of adopted boy with black stone

Bhopal: Strange and unfamiliar beliefs are followed by people across India, which of course does not sound astonishing looking at the number of people following it as a norm.

Recently Nishatpur Police arrested a woman for scrubbing her adopted boy with a black stone in order to make him fair.

Childline team rescued the boy after learning his mother’s strange belief from the daughter of the women’s elder sister said the Police.

The woman’s elder sister’s daughter Shobna Sharma had filed the complaint against her aunt Sudha Tiwari

Sudha works as a Government school teacher in Nishatpur area in Bhopal. She had reportedly adopted a boy one and a half years ago from Uttarakhand’s Matruchhaya area. Her husband works at a private hospital.

The complainant alleged that, “From the day child was brought to Bhopal, her aunt was unhappy with the boy’s complexion and she started treating him with various things. A year ago, after someone suggested her a treatment through a stone, she started scrubbing the child’s body with black stone. This left the kid badly bruised with scars and injuries on his wrist, shoulder, back and legs.”

The Police had sent the minor to Hamidia Hospital for treatment of his bruises on Sunday after rescuing him . He was later sent to Child Line centre for further inquiry.

The Police said the kid will be produced before the child welfare commission members on Monday.

Shobna alleged that the adoption centre from where the kid was adopted had not conducted any follow-ups after the adoption process was completed.

She said, “I tried to stop Sudha several times, but when she did not stop harassing and torturing the kid, I had no other option except seeking help from Child Line and police.”

The rescued kid speaking to TOI, said, “My mother used to take me to the school where she teaches. I don’t go to school for studies.”

Child Line Director Archana Sahay, said, “When the child was rescued from his home, he was in a very bad shape. There were injury marks all over his body. Child was taken to hospital for treatment. He is now out of danger.”

While the joint Secretary of Matrucchaya Amita Jain, when asked about the kid, responded with saying “We conducted follow ups through telephone. We called Sudha and inquired about the child’s health, but we were not told about any the physical violence against him. We were soon going to conduct on field follow up too.”

Madhya Pradesh’s Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MPCPCR) chairman Raghvendra Sharma, when asked about the incident, said, “I am unaware about the issue, but I will take an action in the case.”