The incident took place in Cross River State in Nigeria. A mother-of-two faces charges for dipping her five-year-old daughter’s hands in hot water.
Tina Idoroyen, a food seller, allegedly prepared 19 pieces of fish for her business and went out, but found only one piece when she returned.
She discovered her 5-year-old daughter had eaten the fish and punished her by dipping her hands in hot water, reports the Guardian.
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The lawyer for Basic Rights Counsel Initiative (BRCI), the non-governmental organization (NGO) in charge of the child’s case, Mr James Ibor, claimed that the mother admitted that the little girl had not eaten before stealing the fish.
“The mother said her five-year-old daughter stole her fish, so she put her hands in very hot water. But, she admitted that when it happened, the child had not eaten, meaning she was hungry.
“This woman has nothing, the father of the child abandoned them two years ago and she still has another eight-year-old daughter. They can barely feed themselves and she owes the rent for the house, so if we hadn’t intervened with treatment immediately, the child’s burns would have been badly infected. »
Mr Ibor said the case has not yet been reported to the police because the child needs her mother’s support and care while she is in hospital for treatment.
However, he reassured that the perpetrator would soon be handed over to the police for prosecution.
“A crime has been committed and of course the police will have to be informed. She has to pay for her crime, but we haven’t made that decision yet, because it wouldn’t be appropriate to do so now. »
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