Odisha woman arrested after video of her thrashing 4-yr-old girl goes viral

Cuttack: The Twin City Commissionerate police today arrested a woman from CDA Sector-11 in Odisha’s Cuttack after a video featuring her beating a 4-year-old girl, her niece in relation, went viral on social media and WhatsApp.

Pranati Roul, the accused, was produced before a local court and sent to Choudwar jail here as her bail plea was rejected by the court.

The Child Welfare Committee (CWC) had yesterday lodged a complaint in this regard following which a case under Section 323 of IPC and 75 of Juvenile Justice Act was registered.

In the video, the woman was seen beating the girl with a broom. The incident was recorded by a neighbour who informed the matter to the CWC which in turn directed Childline to rescue the girl.

“Acting on the direction of CWC, we reached the spot to rescue the girl. However, the woman didn’t cooperate with us and told that she is her brother’s daughter and she has the right to punish her. We took the help of local police to rescue the girl,” said Childline District Coordinator, Narayan Shukla.

Notably, the girl’s parents, who are staying in New Delhi, had left their daughter with the woman nine months ago. She allegedly used to engage the girl in domestic work and torture her.

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