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Five-year-old orphan Shivpuri girl, tortured and seared by aunt repeatedly; rescued

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Ranjeet Gupta

SHIVPURI: A horrific case of a five-year-old girl repeatedly tortured and seared with a hot pair of tongs, was on Friday late evening rescued by the local Childline after the girl was found wandering aimlessly in a park, wound marks all over body.

The incident came to light in Dehat police station area of Shivpuri in Madhya Pradesh. The Child Welfare Committee of the district has taken cognizance of the matter and has directed the Dehat police station in-charge to lodge FIR against the aunt of the girl.

According to information available from Childline authorities, the girl was found wandering in a park on Friday evening by visitors. When they found her alone, Childline was called in.

The Childline members made enquiry and found that the girl Rani (name changed) stayed with her paternal uncle and aunt near Khedapati Hanuman Temple under Dehat police station.

Her father has passed away and her mother is missing since three years leaving her and her 11-year-old brother with the uncle and aunt.

Enquiries with neighbours and the girl herself revealed that the aunt – Gayatri Lakhera – beat her badly almost every day even on small pretexts. She was seared with hot tongs, got bashed against wall and beaten with sticks, Childline member Venus Tomar said.

Her uncle wanted to keep the children at home, but the aunt was averse to the idea and therefore resorted to the torture.

On Saturday, the girl was presented before the Child Welfare Committee, which got her medical tests done. Her entire body was found full of old and new wounds that were result of beating and torture.

The CWC then directed the Dehat police station to register FIR against the accused aunt. The girl has been sent to a shelter home.

Ranjeet Gupta

A senior journalist, Ranjeet Gupta overs Gwalior-Chambal region. He has had a long stint in journalism and has worked with major dailies including Dainik Bhaskar in the past.