8-9 year-old kids beaten, head-shaven and paraded naked by shopkeeper for stealing food

Two minor boys were stripped, sheared and paraded naked with garlands of slippers around their neck for stealing a food packet from a shop in Ulhasnagar, near Mumbai.

This incident took place, when the two boys, aged 8 and 9, who were playing outside their home in Prem Nagar, Ulhasnagar, went up to a sweet shop in the neighbourhood and stole a packet of ‘chaklis’, a snack made out of rice flour, and ran.

Mehmood, aged 62, the owner of the shop, saw them stealing and told his sons to teach them a lesson. Irfan (26) and Salim (22), caught them and pulled them to the shop. They shaved some of their hair, hanged their footwear around their necks and stripped them. The boys were then were forced to walk down the street completely naked. As if this wasn’t enough, one of them filmed the entire act on the phone, while the other repeatedly slapped the kids. What is more surprising is the fact that viewers only viewed. Nobody stopped it from happening.

When the mother of one of the kids, who is a domestic help in Ghatkopar, returned from work in the evening, was horrified to see his son’s state. The parent of the other kid was initially reluctant to press charges against the accused, but subsequently agreed and went along with her to file a complaint at Hill Line Police station. Mehmood and his sons were arrested under Indian Penal Code’s section 355 for assault, section 500 for defamation and section 323 for injury, under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. 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.”

Mehmood and his sons were arrested under Indian Penal Code’s section 355 for assault, section 500 for defamation and section 323 for injury as well as under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. 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.”

Featured Images and News Source: India Times

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