Mumbai: Cops to probe why mother was quiet about 4-year-old's torture
After the Vikhroli police arrested a 35-year-old on Wednesday for allegedly torturing the 4-year-old son of his live-in partner, the cops are now gathering evidence in order to arrest the child’s mother as well. Police believe that the mother has played an equal role by not rescuing the boy from her live-in partner’s harassment. (Read the earlier story here)
According to the police officials, Archana, the mother of the four-year-old, has been staying with the accused Satish Kotian since the last one and a half months, while they have been in a relationship for more than one year. Requesting anonymity, an investigating officer from the Vikhroli police station said, “We have informed and called his (the child’s) biological father to Mumbai, as he currently stays in Satara.
Archana, along with her husband and their son used to stay in a flat at Chembur, and the accused Kotian stayed in the same building where they met and started dating each other.” However, due to differences with her husband, Archana started staying with her mother for a while, and then she, along with Kotian, rented a flat in Vikhroli’s Tagore Nagar.
The neighbours had alleged they could hear the crying of a small boy emanating from the flat, since a month; on Wednesday they went and checked the residence of the boy, which revealed the true extent of the horror. “Even his mother shall be booked under the case, as it seems that she didn’t even try to rescue him from Kotian’s harassment with cigarette burns,” said an officer.
Investigations have also revealed that the only reason why the minor had to go through this ordeal was because the accused Kotian did not want the child to live with the couple. Usually, whenever Kotian fought with her, he vented his anger on the kid; the accused was always angered by him, as he wasn’t his son, and still she had brought the four-year-old with her,” said an officer.