Mothers are considered next to God, or thus we have always been told. But every individual is different irrespective of their gender and roles. A 30-year-old beautician from Panvel, Navi Mumbai has been arrested for allegedly assaulting her nine-year-old daughter and branding her with a hot tawa, after the girl accidentally broke a few eggs.
The complaint was registered against the accused by none other than her own mother, who stated that the woman would frequently assault her grandchild over petty reasons.
Here’s What Happened
The family of three lives in Tapal Naka in Panvel at a rented apartment. In her complaint, the 58-year-old said they had purchased a dozen eggs on Sunday, of which the girl ate three while the rest fell off the kitchen counter after she accidentally knocked it over.
The girl’s grandmother, who works as a cleaning staff with a hospital, told the police that her accused daughter assaulted the girl with a rolling pin and also branded her with a hot tawa which led to several bruises.
A police officer from Panvel police station said,
The grandmother left for work on Wednesday noon but fearing that the accused would hit her granddaughter over the broken eggs, she returned home early around 4pm. However, the accused had already assaulted the girl and inflicted bruises on her.
After finding the girl with injuries, the grandmother took her to the hospital where she works. Following treatment, the doctors advised her to inform the police. Inspector Shatrugan Mali said,
The accused claimed she suffers from depression and has been frustrated due to lockdown. We arrested her on Wednesday and we will produce her in the court today.
Police said the girl has been treated for her injuries and is at home with her grandmother.
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In another similar case reported last year from Thane, a five-year-old girl’s mother and aunt were arrested for allegedly burning the minor with a candle for her mischievous behaviour in Thane district of Maharashtra.
The child was playing at her home in Roadpali area of Kalamboli locality in Navi Mumbai town and not listening to her mother and aunt. The two women apparently got annoyed over this. They caught hold of the girl and allegedly burnt her with the candle, causing several injuries to her.
When the child’s father, who works as a vegetable vendor, returned home at night, he found his daughter crying and saw burn injuries on her body. When he asked the child about the injuries, she pointed towards her mother and aunt.
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The girl’s father then lodged a complaint against his wife and sister-in-law (his brother’s wife) at Kalamboli police station.
These cases are not one off, however, it will be equally wrong to generalise how all women are evil. Similarly, when rapes happen, society must stop labelling every man as a monster in waiting.
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