Following allegations of stealing money, a 13-year-old girl was tied to an electric poll and beaten up for three hours at Pattuvampatti in Vellore on Thursday, according to a report in The Times of India.
The girl was studying in Class 8 at a government school. She went for a wedding with a 25-year-old woman named Priya and her family members. Priya had given her purse to the girl for sometime to hold but after returning home, she claimed that cash of Rs 2200 was missing from her purse.
Priya and her family members went to the girlâ€™s house around 5pm to confront her, according to TOI. Accusing the girl of stealing the money, Priya and her relative Hemalatha with some other people dragged the girl out of her house and tied her to an electric pole and began beating her up, asking where she had kept the money. This went on for about three hours till around 9:30 pm, when Hemalathaâ€™s husband Subramanian came and untied the girl.
The girl said that everyone just stood and watched like mute spectators. The Superintendent of Police of Vellore P Pakkalavan told TOI that they will be taking strict action against those involved in the case.
The girl stays with her father Ramesh and grandmother Nallathiamma. Both her siblings work at a garment unit in Bengaluru.
District Child officer M Nisandhini met the girl on Friday and conducted inquiries about the incident.