In Punjab court, six-year-old describes torture by father

In Punjab court, six-year-old describes torture by father
Patiala:  A six-year-old boy was allegedly singed with cigarette butts and slashed with a shaving blade by his father who inflicted injuries all over his body.

The harrowing tale of torture was narrated by the child himself in a local court, hearing a divorce case of his parents.

The court was shocked and dismayed to see injury marks on the body of the child and ordered the police to get the child medically examined in the local Government Rajindra Hospital.

The child told the doctors yesterday that his father Baljit Singh inflicted injuries all over his body.

There were about 16 blade cut marks on different parts of his body, doctors said, adding his back had burn marks caused by cigarette butts.

The parents of the child had filed a divorce case and the court had earlier given custody of the child to the father.

It also directed the accused that the child would be allowed to meet his mother once every month.

When the boy insisted on meeting his mother, the father was so annoyed that he started torturing the child.

A case has been registered against the accused Baljit Singh at the Patiala Sadar Police Station under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, police said, adding, efforts are on to arrest him.

Story First Published: April 01, 2013 16:58 IST

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