India: 10-month-old beaten up in Mumbai creche

Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, IndiaUpdated: Nov 25, 2016, 12:38 PM IST

The CCTV footage showed Sheikh beating Ruchita's daughter while some other infants were sleeping. Photograph:(PTI)

A 10-month-old girl was allegedly beaten up and kicked at a creche in India's Navi Mumbai by a caretaker.

The day-care centre owner and the caretaker have both been arrested, police said.

The incident came to light when the 10-month-old's parents went to fetch their child from the centre and found a wound on the child's forehead.

When asked, the creche owner did not respond well, the parents said. A doctor later told them that it could be case of child abuse.

The parents then lodged a police complaint with the Kharghar police station. The police inspected the CCTV footage of Purva Play School and Creche and subsequently arrested Afsana Sheikh and owner Priyanka Nikam (34). Nikam was later released on surety bail while Sheikh has been remanded in police custody.

The CCTV footage showed Sheikh beating and slapping children at the day-care centre. Sheikh is also seen hitting, throwing and kicking the child.

The police have registered an offence against Sheikh and Nikam under section 325 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt) of IPC and section 23 of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act-2000.

The child is currently being treated at a private hospital.

Maharashtra's women and child development minister Pankaja Munde announced the compulsory installation of CCTVs at such centres.

(WION with inputs from PTI)