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Shocking! MP Woman Scrubs Adopted 5-Year-Old With Stone To Make Him Fair

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| April 2 , 2018 , 12:25 IST

The preference for fair skin, no matter how unfounded, is deeply ingrained in Indian society and a host of 'fairness' creams flood the market.

A government school teacher in Madhya Pradesh took the preference for fair skin to a dangerous extent, when she began rubbing a 5-year-old boy she had adopted with a black stone to make him look fair. The boy was rescued in an injured condition by the Child Line and Nishatpura police on Sunday after receiving a complaint, reported TOI.

Sudha Tiwari, a government school teacher in Nishatpura area, adopted the boy 1.5 years ago from Matruchhaya in Uttrakhand. The complainant Shobna Sharma, who is the niece of Tiwari, alleged that Tiwari had been unhappy with the child's complexion since the day he was brought to Bhopal.

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“From the day child was brought to Bhopal, aunt was unhappy with the boy’s complexion and she started treating him with various things," said Sharma.

"A year ago, after someone suggested her a treatment through a stone, she started scrubbing the child’s body with black stone. This left the kid badly bruised with scars and injuries on his wrist, shoulder, back and legs,” she said.

“I tried to stop Sudha several times, but when she did not stop harassing and torturing the kid, I had no other option except seeking help from Child Line and police,” Sharma said.

After the Child Line and Nishatpura police rescued the child, he was rushed to Hamidia hospital where he was treated and then sent to Child Line centre for further inquiry.

Archana Sahay, Child Line director said to TOI, “When the child was rescued from his home, he was in a very bad shape. There were injury marks all over his body. Child was taken to hospital for treatment. He is now out of danger.”

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