Mohit Agarwal, the Inspector General (IG) of Kanpur Range has announced that he would help bring up the one-year-old daughter of Subhash Batham. Batham was shot dead by the Uttar Pradesh Police last week as he had held 23 kids hostage in his home. These children from the neighbourhood had been invited to attend the first birthday of his daughter. As reported by India Times, the cop has decided upon taking the responsibility of the toddler.
The one-year-old lost both her parents when the cops killed her father in the encounter and the angry villagers killed her mother later on. The couple had married by going against the families’ wishes, hence the relatives are not willing to take up the responsibility of the girl child.
“We will bear Gauri’s educational and all other expenses until she becomes self-reliant. I want her to grow up and become an IPS officer. After all legal formalities, she will be adopted and we will send her to a good boarding school. I will keep her under my own supervision,” Agarwal said in a statement after declaring that the police department would take care of the girl. He was a part of the rescue team that broke into Subhash’s house.
We will bear Gauri’s educational and all other expenses until she becomes self-reliant. I want her to grow up and become an IPS officer.
Gauri is being looked after by women constables and is currently undergoing treatment at a hospital in Farrukhabad. The IG has reported that many families from India and abroad have been trying to approach them to legally adopt the one-year-old. However, he assured that she would not be given over to anyone without verification and legal formalities. Moreover, he said that even after adoption he would personally monitor the upbringing of the girl and would ensure that she does not have to face any problem in the future.
A 14-year-old girl, Anjali was one of these children and risked her life to save others with her. She had disconnected the wire of the explosive and locked herself and other children inside while they were held in captivity.
As per reports, Subhash had invited the 23 kids to celebrate his daughter’s first birthday. Once the children were inside the house, he locked them from outside and took them as hostages. A 14-year-old girl, Anjali, one of the hostages, risked her life to save others. She disconnected the wire of the explosive and locked herself and other children inside while in captivity. Her name has also been recommended for the annual bravery awards to children.
Batham was reportedly a murder convict and was allegedly planning to use the children as a bargaining chip to get the case against him dropped. He had been claiming that he was being falsely caused.
Saavriti is an intern with SheThePeople.TV