A minor boy accused of stealing money from a house was allegedly stripped by 8-10 residents of Rohini’s Shahbad Dairy, who also inflicted burn injuries on him and rubbed chili powder on his private parts, police said. The incident came to light after a video, purportedly shot by one of the residents, went viral and made its way to the parents of the boy, who had been threatened by the residents to keep quiet about the incident.
The boy is “aged about 14”, police said. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Rohini) Rishi Pal said they have seen the video. “On the basis of the minor’s statement, a case under the POCSO Act has been registered and investigation is underway. The accused have been identified and will be arrested soon.”
According to police, the alleged incident took place around 10 am on October 26, when one of the residents caught hold of the boy. Residents allege the boy admitted to stealing money from a house and handing it to his friend, though police are yet to verify their claims. Police also said the other boy, seen lying on the ground in the video, is yet to be identified.
Both boys were taken to the third floor of the house and stripped. The video shows a man slapping the minor boy. Later, two men hold his hands and legs, while a third takes burning plastic towards him. The boy’s mother told The Sunday Express that the accused “put burnt polythene” on her son’s body. She further alleged that the accused put chili powder on his private parts and kept him confined for several hours. They also told him not to tell anyone about the incident.
“We saw the video on Thursday and approached police, but they did not listen to us. Today, we went to Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital and made a PCR call,” said the boy’s mother, adding that allegations of her son stealing money are false.