Kharghar day­care cen­tre owner, help booked for at­tempt to mur­der

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­ HT Correspondent ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­

The owner and do­mes­tic help of a Kharghar day­care cen­tre were charged with at­tempt to mur­der a day af­ter they were ar­rested for as­sault­ing a nine-month-old girl un­der their care. CCTV footage at the cen­tre shows the help throw­ing the baby to the floor and toss­ing her around. Both the accused had been pre­vi­ously booked for vol­un­tar­ily caus­ing griev­ous hurt and com­mon in­ten­tion.

The in­ci­dent an­gered lo­cals, with around 80 ac­tivists from po­lit­i­cal par­ties tak­ing down hoard­ings and break­ing rail­ings and shut­ters at the cen­tre that had been locked since Fri­day morn­ing.

Mean­while, the baby’s mother said her daugh­ter is too trau­ma­tised to be with her or any other woman. The girl is un­der ob­ser­va­tion at For­tis Hos­pi­tal in Vashi.

While Ma­ha­rash­tra has no has no reg­u­la­tory or mon­i­tor­ing mech­a­nism for crèches and playschools, San­jay Ku­mar, sec­re­tary, women and child devel­op­ment, said the Cen­tre is mak­ing a draft pol­icy for reg­u­lat­ing creches, which will be fol­lowed by the state gov­ern­ment.

Con­tro­ver­sial Is­lamic preacher Zakir Naik is­sued an­other open let­ter on Fri­day re­it­er­at­ing he has al­ways ad­vo­cated peace and con­demned vi­o­lence in all its forms. The state­ment comes amidst a case be­ing reg­is­tered and sev­eral raids be­ing con­ducted by the Na­tional In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency (NIA) against Naik and his business in­ter­ests.

Naik’s now-banned Is­lamic Re­search Foun­da­tion (IRF) is­sued the state­ment-let­ter on his be­half stat­ing that the re­li­gion’s name has been made syn­ony­mous with vi­o­lence, while con­don­ing the reck­less be­hav­iour of some ma­jor­ity re­li­gious lead­ers.

“Like the de­mon­eti­sa­tion fi­asco, the Modi gov­ern­ment’s IRF ban and its modus operandi has been dis­traught with sense­less de­ci­sions and knee-jerk ac­tions,” Naik said in the state­ment. “I ex­pected pro­fes­sional investigators from gov­ern­ment agen­cies to do a thor­ough job. Had they done so, this is­sue would have been a no brainer, a non-is­sue. But I guess that was not the plan. The plan was to ban, not in­ves­ti­gate,” he stated.

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