A mother in India has been condemned after allegedly inflicting a brutal punishment on her five-year-old daughter for not finishing her school homework.
The Class 1 pupil was cruelly tied up with a rope and dumped on the roof of their house in the scorching heat in Delhi’s Khajuri Khas area.
In a video shot by a neighbour, which was widely shared on social media, the poor little girl can be seen squirming and writhing in agony, with her hands tied behind her back and legs bound at her ankles as the hot sun beats down on her.
A police investigator said that the incident took place on June 2, while the girl’s mother confessed that she had indeed carried out the punishment.
The girl’s dad claimed he was not involved in the punishment and only learned of it when his own father rang him to tell him what his wife had done, while he was out getting his bicycle repaired.
“I received a call from my father that my wife had given this severe punishment to our daughter and that I should come home,” he said.
“When I got home, my father told me he came home and saw the girl tied on the terrace, and freed her.
“My wife got angry and punished her. When my father told me, I scolded my wife a lot that day, but the next day, a relative from our village sent me the video and I scolded my wife again.”
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Horrified viewers of the alarming video, took to social media, with one Twitter user commenting: “It certainly was a heart-wrenching scene. The one responsible must be published as an example. The poor child wriggling in scorching heat is such a pain to watch.”
A second said: “When I see the video, my heart is broken.”
One user tagged Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana and Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal, writing: “This is horrible. Please take note of this immediately.”
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