Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Jajpur, Mar 24:
Apparently disgusted with his granddaughter’s disobedience, a man allegedly branded the minor girl with hot iron to punish her at Padmapur village in Odisha’s Jajpur district.
While the neighbours claimed that the five-year-old girl was confined to a room and subjected to inhuman torture by way of branding her with hot iron objects since Monday, the minor was today rescued from the captivity with the help of local police.
Following the incident, Jajpur Road Police have detained the accused grandfather Dillip Bindhani for questioning.
“We have sent a team to the local hospital for inquiry. The grandfather has been detained and if required we would initiate action against the parents of the child,” Sisir Mishra, IIC Jajpur Road police station.
In the meantime, the girl child has been admitted to a government-run healthcare facility in Nachuni in the district for treatment in a critical condition.
“The girl has burn injury marks on her neck and face. She is undergoing treatment and will get well soon,” attending doctor, Dr BK Das said.
According to sources, the minor girl’s father deserted her mother and got married to another woman few years ago. Later, her mother too tied knot with another man leaving her in the care of the woman’s father.
The neighbours alleged that the man was assaulting the child on many occasions.
“I branded her out of anger. I you hang me for that then I am prepared for it,” accused Dillip Bindhani said.