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Updated: April 15, 2011 02:23 IST

Tortured child rescued from her grandmother, mother

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TROUBLED CHILDHOOD: Two-year-old J. Haripriya (right) who was constantly beaten by her grandmother and mother seen with her sister J. Varsha after being rescued by ChildLine in Coimbatore on Thursday. Photo: M. Periasamy
TROUBLED CHILDHOOD: Two-year-old J. Haripriya (right) who was constantly beaten by her grandmother and mother seen with her sister J. Varsha after being rescued by ChildLine in Coimbatore on Thursday. Photo: M. Periasamy

“My grandmother hit me with a stick and poked me with a stone,” says two-year-old J. Haripriya whose body has many bruises.

She has been undergoing torture in the form of beating, pinching, poking, branding, biting and abusing from infancy.

Superstitious belief

Haripriya has been at the receiving end of her maternal grandmother Meenakshi's wrath for the superstitious belief that her birth had led to the separation of her daughter and son-in-law. Haripriya's five-year-old sister J. Varsha has been spared though.

Estranged parents

Daughters of estranged parents Jeyachandran and J. Chitra, the siblings were rescued by ChildLine on Thursday afternoon on receiving a call from concerned neighbours.

Residents of Ambedkar Nagar Housing Unit at Kavundapalayam say Jeyachandran and Chitra separated after the birth of Haripriya.

A frustrated Meenakshi has since then been torturing the child blaming her for her parents' estrangement.

Rescued before

ChildLine had once before rescued the children on being alerted by neighbours. But, at the insistence of a repentant Chitra, the children were sent back.

According to co-ordinator of ChildLine S. Uma, a letter written by the area people has pleaded with them to take custody of the children.

They claim that the mother and daughter together torture the children.

“We are planning to file a First Information Report and then hand over the children to the Child Welfare Committee. Though the elder child is not harmed she is happy to stay here and is not too keen to go back home,” says Ms. Uma.

In the meanwhile, the neighbours have driven away the mother and daughter from their house.

Keywords: ChildLine

Superstition s nothing but an excuse to vent ill will and frustration on the vulnerable. This is an absolutely appalling (and common) crime against children - but this particular tragic incident has thrown up a case of social change. Up until a few years ago, even angry neighbours would have hesitated to get involved in a 'personal' matter; today it is recognized that an abused child is everybody's, poor or in the middle. Thank God for that!

from:  Sarita Kaushal
Posted on: Apr 21, 2011 at 18:24 IST

People have to get away from superstitious belief. 'The Hindu' shastras do not support such belief, every one is enjoying result of their own karma. If any one finds it against their wishes they should rectify their own karma and do parayachitta instead of torturing children or killing children under the advice uneducated godmen, astrologers and witchcraft or such stupid idiots. Torture of children is a crime and a sin for that they have to undergo punishment. Children are the property of the society and any form of violence against them should be prevented by the society as whole.

from:  Vembanat
Posted on: Apr 16, 2011 at 00:29 IST

It hurts to see what those innocent kids have gone through.Glad and very happy to see Childline has stepped in and helped those kids and thanks a ton to the neighbors who did this.

from:  Suchithra
Posted on: Apr 15, 2011 at 23:34 IST

It pains a lot to see this kind of happening, especially from a grandmother who is the one to leave all the pleasant memories when she grows up. It is really a great act that the neighbors did not hesitate to contact the helpline

from:  Chitra
Posted on: Apr 15, 2011 at 21:46 IST

It's a very evil act to torture a little child. Very thankful to the childline and the neighbours for rescuing the child. How can she torture a little kid who shared her blood! Such people should be severely punished.

from:  Harshitha
Posted on: Apr 15, 2011 at 20:24 IST

It pains a lot to read such happenings as i sometimes feel there are n number of ladies suffering mental traumas for not having a baby and how such things can happen in contrary? I wish the couple and in this case even the grandmother being a lady should be punished the maximum or give them back the same Torcher.

from:  Jayashree
Posted on: Apr 15, 2011 at 15:24 IST

It's time that we educate people from being superstitious, follow unscientific ways of prediciting ones future and other non-sense beliefs, practices. If some one could predict effectively , why was not the earth quake and Tsunami predicated in Japan, people should be enabled to think for themselves , rather seek pseudo astrologers who make money and they could not predict their own future.

from:  Sanjay
Posted on: Apr 15, 2011 at 13:19 IST

Thank God that the children were rescued now. Now, the Childline should make sure that these two children are cared for very well as inspite of their trauma they would be atleast missing their mother. After the punishment(imprisonment) for Chitra ended, she should be rehabilitated and the children and mother should be united to live together under sheltered accommodation so that they are constantly monitored.

from:  Then. Irumporrai
Posted on: Apr 15, 2011 at 12:55 IST

Thanks to the neighbors for timely complaint for rescue of children. There is still hope that humanity exists with people. If the parents not living together, let them divorce and seek for another spouse. Why torture the children.

from:  M.Ashok kumar
Posted on: Apr 15, 2011 at 11:55 IST

Children are so precious. They are the one who define us. So many out are doing so many things to have a child! These people did not even respect what they had.

from:  Kumar S
Posted on: Apr 15, 2011 at 11:32 IST

What a shame that the elders of this family are involved in this barbaric crime of torturing a 2 year old! Who in their right minds would give anything but love to a 2 year old child? Legislation cannot kill superstition, but it can definitely end tyranny against children if enforced.

from:  B S Kumar
Posted on: Apr 15, 2011 at 09:35 IST
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