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HYDERABAD: A man allegedly set his 10-year-old son ablaze on Sunday night because he returned home late from an errand.
The boy had been sent to the Kukatpally Housing Board Colony to get beedis for his father and returned later than expected. According to the police, the man was upset also because the boy was not paying attention to is studies.
R Charan, a class VI student, suffered 90% burns and is in a critical condition. He is undergoing treatment at Gandhi Hospital. Cops said that Charan was in the past forced into child labour by his father Balu, a labourer. The boy was rescued by a team of women and child welfare department officials during Operation Smile after he was found working as a helper at a mechanic’s shop.
On Sunday, Balu sent Charan out to buy beedis around 9.30pm. When Charan returned late, an angry Balu thrashed him while shouting at him for not studying well and missing his tuitions. Charan’s mother tried to intervene, but Balu did not listen to her, police said.
Police officials said that an upset Balu took turpentine oil kept near a school building where Balu’s family resides in a hut and doused the boy. He then struck a match, lit his beedi and flung the burning stick at his son. Within seconds, the boy was engulfed in flames. Unable to bear the pain, he started to run and fell in a nearby ditch.
Locals came to the boy’s rescue and poured water on him to douse the flames. They shifted him to Gandhi Hospital and alerted police. Police took Balu, who they suspect was in an inebriated condition, into custody.
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