28 January 2020
Rayagada: In a shocking case, pictures of a four-year-old boy with severe burn injuries have surfaced which, sadly, have been inflected by his step-mother. The trio comprising of the kid, his father and the accused step-mother have absconded after the pictures began circulating.
The heart wrenching incident is said to have occurred in Bhamini village under Ramnaguda block of Rayagada district. The minor is the son of Sanjib Suna, who is soldier of 2nd India Reserve Battalion (IRBn).
As per sources, the kid is the child from the soldier’s first marriage. After the couple divorced, the four-year-old stayed with his father. His simple world turned upside down when his step-mother came into their lives.
At an age where childish activity is adored by parents, the poor kid in question was mercilessly beaten up by his step-mother, said the locals. However, since the Sanjib was a soldier none dared to raise voice against the daily atrocities. They also added that the kid was scared of mentioning all this to his father as he also used to thrash him.
Things reached a tipping point on January 24, when the minor defecated in his pants. As punishment, an iron rod was heated by his step-mother and the little kid was beaten up with it. His cries shook the entire village. Some vigilante villager took the pictures of the kid’s injuries and that’s how the matter to light.
Taking suo moto action, Police lodged a case. However, when a team arrived for investigation at Bhamini, the trio had absconded. The police have initiated a manhunt for the accused parents.