Notice that this appears to involve a custodial UNNAMED DAD, who hired out his 10-year-old son as domestic help. The employer than tortured the little boy. And then check out what happened next. Daddy "tipped off" the employer as to the upcoming charges so he and his wife could escape. Wow. Talk about where your loyalties lie.
The little boy doesn't want to return to his father has he fears he will be beaten. But he'd like to be returned to his mother who lives in another city. So the parents were obviously divorced or separated.
This is institutionalized fathers rights at work. And this doesn't just happen in "foreign" countries either. Before reforms that began in the nineteenth century, American fathers had total control over their children too, including the right to hire them out as they saw fit. Mothers had no right to object either way. In fact, the majority of American children were probably forced out of their homes and into wage work at some point--and that's not even including children in slavery.
And here's the interesting thing. Mothers did not really gain a legal preference in child custody decisions ("tender years doctrine"-- all but dead now thanks to the resurgence of fathers rights activism) until child labor was abolished. Fathers lost their financial interest in maintaining child custody control. And as a group, they didn't show a revived interest until the federal government stepped into child support enforcement in the late 80s/early 90s.
You think it's a coincidence that many of the more conservative fathers rights people also want to revive child labor in the US?
Child abuse prof to pay damagesFaizan Haider, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, November 27, 2011
First Published: 00:29 IST(27/11/2011)
Last Updated: 00:34 IST(27/11/2011)
A professor of Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), accused of torturing his 10-year-old domestic help, finally appeared before the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) on Friday. After taking his statement, the CWC issued an order, asking Mohammed Ghazi Shahnawaz, 42, to pay compensation to the boy.
Shahnawaz had been absconding since the incident came to light. He joined the investigation after taking a stay from a sessions court till November 30.
"We will wait for the order of sessions court and will then proceed to arrest Shahnawaz. The CWC has found him and his wife guilty of abusing and torturing the 10-year-old," a senior police officer said.
HT had earlier reported that the boy's father had tipped-off the professor about the entire incident, thus helping him escape. CWC order has also blamed the boy's father.
"The boy is not willing to go with his father as he fears that he will be beaten up. But as the child wants to go back to his home town, the CWC has asked the NGO, Butterflies, to take the child to Araria in Bihar and hand him over to his mother," the officer added.
The CWC has also asked the professor to open an account in the child's name at his hometown and deposit the compensation in that account.
On August 17, a badly injured 10-year-old had been found on Mathura Road near Badarpur on August 17. At that time, the child had been unable to tell anyone where he worked or give any details about who tortured him.
Later, he had accused his employer, a professor at JMI, of torturing him. He had burn marks on his body to prove the allegations.