Mumbai: A 10-month old baby girl was brutally beaten up by a maid in a day care centre in Navi Mumbai. The insane act was caught on CCTV camera of the day care centre in which the maid Afsana Shaikh can be seen clearly beating the infant. The video has gone viral on social media as the infant has been admitted to hospital with several internal injuries. The maid and the owner of the day care centre have been arrested by the Kharghar police and the incident has been probed by the authorities.
According to reports, the brutal incident took place at Purva Day Care centre famous in Kharghar where several kids are kept by working mothers and fathers. The video shows that the frustrated maid – identified as Afsana Shaikh, 29, – first beats the 10-month old baby girl with her hands and when the infant started crying she throws her on the floor. The infant when kept crying the maid beats her badly after which the girl gets unconscious.
The baby suffered severe head injuries, according to medical reports.
CCTV footage from the centre shows the help throwing the baby around.
The mother of the baby dropped her at the playschool and nursery around 8.30am before she left for work on Monday. When she came back later in the day, she was not allowed to enter the centre.
“Then I called the owner of the centre from my office and asked if everything was okay. She replied that my baby was eating biscuits and that she was perfectly fine,” the mother told HT.
“When managed to see her, I found she was lying unconscious. Some parts of her body were swollen and I could see some bruises on her face. The owner told me that the baby hit herself with a toy. I was taken aback, but we came home that day,” she said.
The parents claimed the police were not ready to register a case at first. They sent the parents to the centre to get the CCTV footage. “We sat at the centre from 8.30pm to 11pm, but the owner did not give us the footage. We finally managed to get the footage on Wednesday afternoon, wherein we saw the help throwing our baby around like a football,” she added.
The police finally registered a case against the owner of the centre and the help on Thursday and arrested them. They have booked them under sections 325, 34 and 23 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). They were produced before the court on Thursday and the owner was released on bail.
Meanwhile, the parents also received the medical reports, which say there is bleeding in the baby’s brain, which is suggestive of haemorrhage. This apart, there is also a “suspicious fracture involving the occipital bone in the midline”, the report says. A copy of the medical report is with Hindustan Times.
“We don’t know why they assaulted our baby like that. We don’t have any personal enmity with them,” the baby’s father said.
Dilip Kale, senior police inspector of Kharghar police station said, “We registered the case before we saw the CCTV footages. We still have not seen the medical reports. Thus we registered the case under those sections of IPC. Once we get all the details, we will add the relevant sections and if need be we will re-arrest the accused.”
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