The Childline department here rescued a four-year-old boy who was badly assaulted and injured by his alcoholic father, for not heeding to his instructions to beg on the streets.
Childline officials said the boy N Perarasu, was thrashed by his father Nagaraj, a coolie, near Thennur area in the city on July 13. Seeing this, some passersby intervened. Realising that the boy had a fractured left arm, they tried to admit the boy to the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital. But, he was denied treatment there, since the case was lacking in police enquiry and proper address.
Finally Childline officials were contacted who took charge of the boy, and managed to treat the boy in a private hospital.
A Albert Manoharan, Coordinator, Childline, said “As per instruction of the Child Welfare Committee, we are providing treatment for the boy, and he will be under our observation for another 10 days, after which we will hand him over to the CWC officials.”
Meanwhile, the boy’s father approached the child line officials and asked the committee officials to hand over his son to him, but they refused.
“He was completely under the influence of alcohol and asked us to return his child,” Manoharan said.
After a brief altercation, childline officials asked the tipsy man to visit the CWC office, he added.