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Assault on 10-month-old girl in Mumbai: Creche owner arrested

Priyanka Nikam was arrested after her anticipatory bail application was rejected on Thursday; Bombay High Court said ‘she does not deserve bail’.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
December 17, 2016 3:14:49 am
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The Navi Mumbai Police on Friday arrested Priyanka Nikam, the owner of the Kharghar creche were a 10-month-old girl was brutally assaulted in November. Nikam was arrested after the Bombay High Court on Thursday rejected the Anticipatory Bail Application (ABA) field by her. After visuals of Nikam’s staffer, Afsana Sheikh (30), assaulting a 10-month-old-girl went viral last month, a case was registered against the two for attempt to murder under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act).

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“Her bail was rejected by the Bombay High Court following which she was arrested and produced before a local court for demand for custodial interrogation,” said Navi Mumbai Police Commissioner, Hemant Nagrale.

The CCTV footage of Purva Nursery and day care centre in Kharghar revealed disturbing visuals of the 10-month-old girl being beaten, kicked and flung by Sheikh. According to the family of the toddler, the incident took place on November 21, the child’s first day at the creche. A case was subsequently registered by the Navi Mumbai police. Nikam has been on the run for the last 20 days since the FIR was registered against her.

Before Nikam appealed in High Court, she filed an ABA before the Alibaug Sessions Court which was rejected.

Calling it unfortunate that the state government had failed to rein in untrained people running creches without abiding by rules and regulations, the Bombay High Court while rejecting Nikam’s bail said she “does not deserve bail”.

During the hearing, it was revealed that the creche got a licence only in January, 2016. The assistant public prosecutor Veera Shinde told the court that the creche had been registered under the Bombay Public Trust Act but a formal licence has not been issued by the government.

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