Mentally ill child brutally thrashed for defecating outside home, video surfaces

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Shivpuri: A mentally ill child, who allegedly defecated outside a house, was badly thrashed with belts in Shivpuri district of Madhya Pradesh. The disturbing video of the incident has gone viral on social media. The child reportedly stated that he did not have a toilet at home and that’s why he went out to relieve himself.

Child beaten up with belts by youth

The incident took place in Guna Bypass area on Tuesday when a 13-year-old mentally ill child named Ashish went outside to relieve himself.

However, the child was spotted defecating by a youth identified as Sanjay Batham. He not only mercilessly beat up the child with belts but also got a video recoded and uploaded it on social media. Following the incident, when the mentally ill child went to file a police complaint, the cops merely conducted did a superficial check and did not file a case.

Accused threatened child not to report case

The incident has not only exposed poor law and order situation in the city but also exposed administrative claims of making the district Open Defecation Free (ODF). According to the victim, Sanjay Batham did not only beat him all the way back home, but also threatened him if he complained to anyone.

After the thrashing, the child is said to be trauma and did not want to go outside the house. Due to fear and embarrassment, the child remained inside the house with the door locked. As media got whiff of the incident, they reached the child’s house. The victim’s mother assured him that nothing would happen to him following which he opened the door and came outside.

Shivpuri Collector reacts to incident

Reacting to the incident, Shivpuri Collector said such incidents are heart-wrenching.

“Such incidents are heart-wrenching. If the child has been beaten and a video was uploaded, please send it to me, and I will personally speak to the SP regarding the incident. Action must be taken,” said Ravindra Kumar Chaudhary, Collector, Shivpuri.

Meanwhile, local SHO denied any knowledge of the incident. “I am not aware of this case so far. If you have any videos or photos, please provide them to me, and I will file an FIR and take appropriate action,” said Jitendra Mawai, SHO, Rural.

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