Thane: A 14-year-old boy was tonsured and paraded in Mumbra for allegedly stealing Rs50 from a shop in the market area on Sunday. The boy knew the three accused, who owns a snack outlet there. The three were posed with allegations of assaulting the minor boy.
The boy’s aunt stated “He frequently visited the shop and even sometimes helped the shopkeepers to carry goods. The trio caught him around 2 pm on Sunday after he allegedly stole Rs50 from them.”
One accused tonsured and slapped him inside the salon” said his sister. He was then forced to remove his shirt and dragged inside the market in a procession, the accused called this as delivering “instant justice”, she said.
This allegedly went on for over 30 minutes, and police did not intervene, His family said. “I was asleep when the incident occurred.
When my brother came and told me about it, I went downstairs to question him, when the trio beat me too,” said his brother. His mother said, “There was a lot of buzzes around and some procession was taken out. Later, we learned that one of the boys had confined my son and taken him out in a procession.”
“How can they do that to a minor boy? They should have informed us or taken him to the police station if he had committed such a grievous crime,” the mother said. “He has gone into depression as he is teased at school, and no one is talking to him due to the humiliation.
Classmates are calling him a thief. Who is responsible for this ordeal?” the mother asked.
Mumbra police registered a non-cognizable offense under sections 323, 504 and 506 of IPC.