The condition of the five-year-old boy, who was beaten mercilessly and
tortured by his parents, further deteriorated today. Doctors at St
John's Hospital in Kerala's Idukki district, where the child is lying in
coma, said his condition was "very critical". The child has suffered
extensive damage to his brain and lungs and has horrifying injuries all
over his body including fractures on both legs.
"There is possibility of
further brain damage. We will get to know tomorrow after a CT scan," Dr
Nishant, a neurosurgeon at the hospital said.
The child's father
Sherif and stepmother Aneesha have been charged with attempt to murder
after investigations revealed they had tortured the little boy for
years. They had brought him to the hospital claiming he had been hurt
in a fall while taking his bath.
Relatives crowding the hospital
corridors have not been allowed anywhere near the child. Adopted by the
state, the boy is now solely under the care of the hospital staff and the Child Helpline, the body designated by Child Welfare Committee. The
state government has said it would spare no expense in the child's
In the Kumali town where the boy lived, neighbours
are stunned with the abuse that stayed hidden, although they had often
heard the boy crying.
"I have seen the mother drag the child
around, pinch him, I have heard the child cry many times in a day," a
neighbor, Vasu, told NDTV.
"Neighbors told us the child was not
allowed outside. And at home, he would be absolutely quiet when there
were visitors," added Investigating Officer CI Binu Kumar.
police say the boy's brother was sent to an orphanage because of
frequent fights in the family, but the details are not immediately
After such instances of child brutality in the state,
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has talked about a separate law and
set up a panel to suggest guidelines for child safety.