In what will put humanity to shame, two boys were stripped, tonsured and paraded naked wearing garland of slippers for allegedly stealing a food packet from a shop in Ulhasnagar near Mumbai, on Saturday.
The boys aged eight and nine years old, were not assaulted by the shopkeeper, but also filmed their assault on a mobile phone. Shockingly, the incident took place in front of people, but none came forward to stop them.
Acting on a complaint by the mother of one of the boys, the Hill Line police in the suburb later arrested Mehmood Pathan (62), and his sons Irfan, 26, and Salim, 22. The trio was booked under Indian Penal Code sections 355 for assault, 500 for defamation and 323 for injury, and also under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. They were produced before a court in Kalyan on Sunday which remanded them to a day’s police custody till Monday.
According to police, the incident took place when the boys were playing near their home in Prem Nagar area in Ulhasnagar. They walked up to the neighbourhood sweet shop owned by Mehmood and stole a packet of ‘chaklis’, a pretzel-like snack made of rice flour, and fled.
Police said Mehmood who saw them shoplifting, asked his sons to teach them a lesson. Irfan and Salim caught both children and dragged them towards the shop. The duo shaved a part of their heads and then took their footwear and strung it around them.
Finally, they stripped the children and paraded them on the street.
Salim recorded the acts on his phone while Irfan slapped both several times. The clip went viral on social media.
Police said when the mother of one of the minors, who works as a domestic help in Ghatkopar, returned in the evening, she was shocked to see the child in such a state. Along with the parent of the other child, who was initially reluctant to press charges, she filed a complaint.
Mohan Waghmare, the senior police inspector of Hill Line station, said, “Late Saturday night, our team arrested them and on Sunday, they were produced before a holiday court which gave one day’s police custody.”
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Article Originally Published on India Times