Coimbatore

Man arrested for branding daughter with hot iron rod

A 41-year-old man was arrested on Friday on charges of branding the cheeks of his eight-year-old daughter with hot iron rod. The incident took place on June 9.

Negamam police said that the accused A. Govindaraj from Valasupalayam in Sulur Taluk, a two-wheeler puncture repair worker and farm labourer, was separated from his first wife and got married to Sudha (28), a mill labourer, 10 years ago. The couple have two children Gayathri (8) and a son, who is two-and-a-half-year-old. Govindaraj was also an alcoholic.

On June 9 around 1 a.m., when Gayathri was sleeping Govindaraj in an inebriated condition dragged her by her legs and branded her cheeks with a hot metal rod. Hearing his sister cry, the boy hid himself below a cot.

Gayathri informed her mother who took her to a government hospital. The woman also called Childline in their helpline number 1098 with the help of the head master of the primary school where Gayathri was studying, reported the incident and took both the children to her parent’s place.

Childline counsellor I. Angeline said that they could not reach Sudha on her mobile as she switched it off fearing that her husband might trace her.

On June 13, the Childline personnel went to the school and managed to reach Sudha with help of the head master.

The mother and the children were produced before the district child welfare committee and taken to the reception unit for rescued children. Sudha also lodged a complaint with the Negamam Police. Police arrested Govindaraj and was produced before the Pollachi Judicial Magistrate–II and remanded.

Govindaraj was initially booked under section 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means) of the Indian Penal Code. It was later altered to 75 (punishment for a person in-charge of the child for assault or abuse that is likely to cause unnecessary mental or physical suffering) of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act.

Efforts are on to help the girl recover from the injuries.

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