NAGERCOIL: A 42-year-old anganwadi worker was arrested for scalding a two-and-a-half-year-old child near Suchindram in the district.
Police said Banumathi, the anganwadi worker branded the daughter of T Govinthalingam (37) of Melakattuvilai near Manikattipottal in Suchindram police limits. Govinthalingam is an ex-serviceman. His daughter was studying in the Melakattuvilai anganwadi centre.
Govinthalingam’s daughter returned from the anganwadi with burns in her cheek. Govinthalingam then took the kid to the anganwadi and enquired with Banumathi.
Banumathi threatened him with dire consequences if he proceeded with the matter. Subsequently, Govinthalingam took the kid to the ex-servicemen’s hospital at Vettornimadam as an outpatient and lodged a complaint with Suchindram Police.
Based on a complaint, Suchinduram Police held an inquiry with Banumathi and found that she had scalded the kid on her cheek using a spoon. Subsequently police filed an FIR for using filthy language, for threatening and voluntarily causing hurt to a child with dangerous weapons under Sections 294 (b), 324 and 506 (i) of IPC.
Banumathi, wife of Palanivel of Malayaninthan Kudiruppu near Puthalam, was arrested and remanded to judicial custody by Suchindram police.