Posted On Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 09:02:15 AM
A16-year-old boy landed in hospital after he was brutally tortured by a policeman. The boy was taken into custody by Kamakshipalya police in Bangalore on Wednesday evening on the suspicion of having stolen valuables from his landlord’s house.
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The police allegedly beat him up in the hope of making him talk. The 16-year-old was admitted to a private hospital and is now in the ICU. While there is no danger to his life, with severe injuries to his genitals, he could have been rendered sterile, doctors say.
When the news of the incident spread, a huge crowd gathered outside the police station, demanding the dismissal of those responsible for his injuries.
The crowd dispersed only after senior officials promised to suspend Assistant Sub-Inspector Thimmegowda, the alleged tormentor, and order an internal probe.
According to police, the boy and his uncle live in rented house on the ground floor of a building in Kamakshipalya area, while the owner lives on the first floor.
On Wednesday, the owner lodged a complaint, saying the boy had stolen about 750 gms of silverware from his house. Kamakshipalya police then detained the boy and allegedly tortured him to extract the truth.
“At times, policemen can be harsh, but this is not the way to torture a minor. I have written to the deputy commissioner of police to suspend ASI Thimmegowda till the inquiry report is submitted,” said M K Utthappa, assistant commissioner of police, Vijayanagar sub division.
The boy, an orphan, dropped out of primary school two years ago and began working at a shoe showroom.
According to this uncle, ASI Thimmegowda and his men picked up the minor from his workplace on Wednesday and took him to the police station.
He was tortured by Thimmegowda and sustained injuries across his body, including his genitals. Later that evening, police dropped him near his house, said his uncle. “Initially, he didn’t tell me anything. But around 11 pm, I saw him trying to commit suicide. I stopped him and asked what the matter was.
He said the cops handcuffed him and tied a thread to his penis. They banged his head against the wall and kept telling him to accept the crime. When his penis began bleeding, the police released him,” alleged the teenager’s uncle.
On Thursday, the minor was admitted to Panacea Hospital on Basaveshwaranagar Main Road after he complained of unbearable pain in the genitals. “He might be discharged in three or four days,” Srivatsan, the chief operating officer of Panacea Hospital said.
“However, we cannot say for sure whether he can ever achieve an erection. He may need to undergo special treatment and an operation for that.”