Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Keonjhar, May 11:
In a shocking, shameful and barbaric incident, a lady worker and a
cook of an anganwadi centre in Odisha’s Keonjhar district allegedly
threw piping hot liquid residue (peja) of cooked rice on a child,
leaving him critically injured.
The child was reportedly punished for ‘defiling’ the boiled eggs kept
for the children in the Anganwadi Kendra.
The child’s father Rilu Munda has alleged that his child suffered the
inhuman attack simply because he committed the crime of touching the
boiled eggs kept in a container at the Anganwadi Kendra. This enraged
the anganwadi worker and the cook allegedly because the child who
belongs to the ‘Munda’ caste had desecrated the eggs by touching them.
The incident took place at the Khendra anganwadi kendra under Jhumpura
police limits where an anganwadi worker Subhashree Giri and cook
Sukanti Naik allegedly threw boiling hot ‘peja’ on a two and half year
old child Parshuram Munda, resulting in serious burn injuries on his
Parshuram, who was initially rushed to the Jhumpura Primary Health
Centre was later shifted to the district headquarters hospital here.
“The child has sustained severe burns on his body. However, his
condition has stabilized and he is undergoing treatment here”, said
Bijay Kumar Behera, ADMO, Keonjhar.
Meanwhile, Jhumpura police has arrested both the anganwadi worker and
the cook based on a complaint lodged by the child’s father, Rilu
SDPO, Champua, P K Jena said since the complaint involved a caste
angle he was himself investigating the matter.
ADM Keonjhar, Sangram Keshari Swain said a probe has already been
ordered and stringent action will be taken against the accused
The child will be shifted to Cuttack for treatment if the necessity
arises, he said.
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