Kharghar daycare centre owner, help booked for attempt to murder
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.