Father gets 5-year RI for driving son to commit suicide (Episode 31 on 12th August 2011)

Raju residing in Oshiwara, Andheri lives with his father Dhiru Bhai. He studies
in 3rd grade. Raju's father brutally beats him with belt and sticks on silly
reasons. Raju suffers from a huge shock and used to often remain quiet.
Principal and teacher gets worried and informs his father to visit Principal's
office. Dhiren Bhai looses his temper and warns Raju to open his door. Raju
locks himself in a bathroom. Cops doubt on Raju's father. Why did Raju killed
himself? Will Cops arrest Raju's father?


Coming down heavily on a 40-year-old man who constantly beat
his 11-year old, which allegedly pushed him to commit suicide, Sewree fast track
court last week convicted him for abetting suicide.

Sessions Judge N G Gimekar sentenced Diwan Singh to five-years rigorous
imprisonment. Singh, who worked with an LPG cylinder agency was arrested on July
12, 2011, after his son consumed a bottle of pesticide and died.

According to the prosecution, the child was depressed and was regularly beaten
by his father. On the day of the incident, Singh had beaten up his son Jai for
bunking school regularly. Twice in the past, Jai had bunked school and Singh,
fearing that his son was abducted, had filed a complaint with the police.

“The child was disinterested in studies. Singh wanted his son to study.
Everytime he (victim) bunked, his father was informed by the school authorities,
and would consequently beat his son regularly," an officer from Oshiwara police
station said.

On the day of the incident when Diwan Singh came back home to have lunch, he saw
his son playing. He apparently lost his cool and hit his son to a point that
their neighbours were forced to intervene. But Singh did not relent, and
continued to beat his son.

Medical reports show the child suffered 20 injuries. Neighbours deposed against
Singh and chronicled several instances when he had beaten up his child. One
witness also hinted at the possibility of the child being depressed. “The child
was a loner and was always nervous,” said one of the witnesses. While the police
had booked Singh under the charge of abetment of suicide, the defence maintained
that Singh was only guilty of beating his son and not pushing him to commit

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