In­dia po­lice charge tod­dler for ‘theft and tres­pass­ing’

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

Po­lice in the north­ern In­dian state of Ut­tar Pradesh have been left red-faced af­ter charg­ing a tod­dler with theft.

Two-year-old Ravi had been named in a po­lice com­plaint along with three men, one of whom was his rel­a­tive.

Po­lice at­tempted to ar­rest the tod­dler on Tues­day - caus­ing his alarmed fa­ther to take Ravi to the dis­trict court, where he ex­plained the sit­u­a­tion to se­nior po­lice of­fi­cers, re­ports said.

Ravi’s name was taken off the com­plaint af­ter the se­nior of­fi­cers in­ter­vened.

A theft had been re­ported from Ba­jehra vil­lage in Si­ta­pur dis­trict on 20 Septem­ber, po­lice said.

On the ba­sis of a com­plaint by the vic­tim and other vil­lagers, po­lice reg­is­tered a case against four men, in­clud­ing the boy, the Press Trust of In­dia re­ported.

All four were ac­cused of “theft”, “tres­pass­ing at night” and “dis­hon­estly re­ceiv­ing stolen prop­erty”. It is not clear why Ravi’s name was in­cluded in the ini­tial com­plaint.

The three ac­cused adults have al­ready been ar­rested and lodged in jail.

Un­der In­dian law, po­lice can­not file a crim­i­nal case against a child be­low seven years of age, but there have been sev­eral in­stances in the past when po­lice have done so.

Last year, two po­lice­men were sus­pended for charg­ing a one-year-old child with “co­er­cion” ahead of a by-elec­tion, also in the state of Ut­tar Pradesh.

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