The police, on Saturday, tracked down and arrested a plumber after a video clip showing him beating his 10-year-old son mercilessly was retrieved from a mobile phone that had been sent to a service centre in city for repair.
The clip was released by the service centre’s technician on social media, following which the police arrested the father, Mahindra, 37. He has been booked for assault, criminal intimidation and under other sections of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015.
The incident took place a month and a half ago. The phone belongs to Mahindra’s wife, Shilpa, who recorded the incident while pleading with her husband to stop beating their son, said the police. The family lives in Kengeri. “It was shocking to see the accused slapping and kicking the boy and slamming him onto the bed for 15 minutes while he pleaded for mercy,” said a senior police officer.
Mahindra was allegedly angry with his son for lying, and had his wife record the beating so that he could show it to his son as a reminder of what would happen if he lied again.
The incident came to light on Saturday, when Shilpa dropped her phone at a mobile service shop in their neighbourhood. A non-governmental organisation saw the clip the technician had uploaded online, and alerted the police.
M.N. Anuchet, DCP West Zone, Bengaluru, said, “We have received a complaint from BOSCO [an NGO in Bengaluru]. After the investigation, we arrested the father.” Mahindra has been remanded to judicial custody.