Pregnant woman beaten over child kidnapping rumour

3 September, 2019 12:00 AM printer

New Delhi: A pregnant woman has been beaten by people who suspected her of kidnapping a child in the Indian capital Delhi, reports BBC.

Police told the BBC that the woman, 25, was in a stable condition and that three people had been arrested.

It is the latest incident in a wave of attacks fuelled by rumours of child kidnapping in the capital and neighbouring states.

Last year, a similar spate of attacks saw several people beaten and killed over rumours of child kidnappings.

Footage of the incident shows the woman surrounded by a group of people. They can be heard accusing her of kidnapping children and beating her. The highest number of such cases has been registered in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, which borders Delhi.

“At least 46 cases have been reported until 29 August. In all cases, we found that there was no evidence of child trafficking,” director general of police OP Singh said in appeal on Twitter.

“We appeal to the people to not believe in such rumours. If you are in doubt, just reach out to the police through phone [dial in number 100] or social media,” he added. In Ghaziabad district, which is on the outskirts of Delhi, six cases were registered in August.

“In one case, a group of people attacked a grandmother while she was out with her grandchild. People attacked her because her skin colour was different to her grandchild,” senior police officer Neeraj Jadaun said, adding that all suspects in the case had been arrested.