Pune: A 12-year-old boy, Sunil Prakash Mali, who was beaten up brutally by a owner of a mithai shop, where he worked, was rescued by volunteers of Dnyana Devi Childline and police. The boy is from Rajasthan and worked for Prakash Chaudhari (26), owner of Mataji Sweets, Sutardhara, Shivkalyan Nagar in Kothrud.
The incident follows the arrest of a techie couple from Viman Nagar who had employed a 12-year-old boy as a child labourer hailing from Odisha and later tortured him.
In the present case, the boy complained that he was given no food and kept locked up most of the time. A resident of the area where the mithai shop is located, witnessed the beating a few times before he informed Dnyana Devi Childline asking them to rescue the child.
Anuradha Sahastrabuddhe, director of Dnyana Devi said, “The child had sought help from citizens previously. A resident of the area, who is a relative of a volunteer who works with Childline informed us about the child. On getting the information we tried to contact the child via telephone but every time we called the child was not available. Later, we came to know that the child was kept locked up by the sweet shop owner. Hence, we informed the police.”
A criminal case has been registered against the mithai shop owner under the Indian Penal Code sections 324 and 325 and under section 23 and 26 of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act.
K D Vidhate, inspector in-charge of Kothrud police station said, “We have arrested Chaudhari and are interrogating him. The boy is undergoing treatment at Sassoon Hospital. The boy was getting daily wages and was working with them for the last couple of months.”