Boiling water poured on minor for not chanting political call

Kolkata, India: A minor boy in Kolkata's Phuliapara, near Santipur in Nadia district, reportedly suffered burn injuries after boiling water was poured on him by a political worker's husband because the boy refused to chant a political slogan. 

The minor boy identified Mahadev Sharma was reportedly admitted to the Ranaghat subdivisional hospital after he was assaulted by Mahadeb Paramanik, husband of a Bhartiya Janta party (BJP) worker.

According to local media reports, the boy went to a nearby tea shop and asked the owner for food. The tea stall owner - Mahadeb Pramanik - is said to have asked the boy to chant 'Jai Shree Ram,' -- a religious clarion call made popular by the Hindu Nationalist party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

When Pramanik heard this, he allegedly became enraged and poured boiling water on the child. It should be noted that Mahadeb's wife, Mithu Pramanik, is a local BJP leader who ran in the Panchayat elections.

The West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights has taken suo motu cognizance of the assault, The Telegraph reported. The commission has also ordered a probe report of the assault in three days to the local enforcement. 

It is a clear case of severe violation of child rights which attracts the provisions of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 as well as the Indian Penal Code and United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC),"  the commission said on a statement, Tuesday.

According to the Nadia district child protection officer Anindya Das, “The boy’s condition is stable. But he is traumatized. We have ensured all required treatment for him. The boy narrated the incident to me and showed me bruises on the body."

To avoid embarrassment, the regional BJP leadership remained dissociated from the matter, The Telegraph reported. “Mahadeb is not a BJP worker,” a district leader said on Tuesday.

Violence on political grounds is not uncommon in West Bengal, and more so as the state advance to a critical judgment scheduled for May.

Bengal firebrand Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress (TMC) party is locking horns with Narendra Modi's Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state. 

Thousands of people have been killed in West Bengal, India's easternmost province, as a result of decades of political unrest, and the new state election campaign has resulted in deadly clashes between rival parties.

The huge vote also comes at a turbulent time in the country, as the novel coronavirus spreads its wings at an unprecedented rate. 


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