A minor girl in Ernakulam was forced to eat faeces and beaten up by an iron rod from her stepmother. The girl studying in the sixth standard constantly faced mental and physical torture from her stepmother Ramya. The incident came to light after the school authorities noticed bruises on the girl’s body.
Ramya, an ASHA worker in the Chittattukara panchayat, was later arrested by the police. A case was registered after the school authority reported the incident to Childline. Ramya married the girl’s father after his first wife left him due to alcohol addiction.
Ramya also threatened the child not to reveal the torture to anyone. It is learnt that the girl’s elder sister also faced similar torture at the hands of Ramya. The Childline would take the statement of the children soon. Meanwhile, Ramya was taken to Kakkanad jail and remanded.