National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has ordered a detailed investigation in New Delhi's battered baby case and asked for a factual report from the Delhi police in 15 days' time.
The severely injured two-year-old baby girl is struggling for life in an intensive care unit of the AIIMS trauma centre, New Delhi. The baby has serious head injuries, which have caused permanent brain damage, her cheeks are burnt, arms broken and has had two cardiac arrests in the last four days.
According to media reports, a 14-year-old, who brought her to the centre on January 18 and claimed to be the mother, has confessed to beating up the baby in a fit of rage and frustration.
The teenager fled home in May 2011 to escape an abusive father and ended up with a boyfriend, who abused her sexually. The 22-year-old man, who is on the run, is reportedly married and has family in Mumbai.
"This is one of the most horrific of cases that have come to the notice of the Commission since its inception. It indicates the need to alert one and all in the neighbourhood to report any case of abuse that has come to their notice both to the police and the nearest CWC.
"These acts of violence cannot be ignored as a private issue. They have to be recognised as violation of human rights and as a public matter,'' said Dr Shantha Sinha, Chairperson, NCPCR.
The Central body had also asked for a status report on the health condition of the baby alongwith facts indicating under what circumstances the 1-year-old girl was separated from her parents and brought to the present place.