India: Indore's Baby Falak: Cigarette Burns, Multiple Fractures

18-month-old Baby Shireen was admitted to a hospital in Indore with horrific signs of abuse. She had 11 cigarette burns on different parts of her body. Her hands had multiple fractures.

Indore's Baby Falak: Cigarette Burns, Multiple Fractures

Indore: 18-month-old Baby Shireen was admitted to a hospital in Indore with horrific signs of abuse. She had 11 cigarette burns on different parts of her body. Her hands had multiple fractures.

She was brought to the hospital by her mother, Zarina, whose lover reportedly abused the baby for weeks. However, doctors who attended to her said the baby's life was not in danger. She is now out of hospital.

The details of baby Shireen's trauma echo the story of Baby Falak, who died in March after being treated for serious physical abuse at Delhi's AIIMS hospital. Like Falak, Shireen has battered baby syndrome, according to her doctors.

Zarina separated from her husband; the couple had three children; she then ran away with a man named Wahid to Ajmer. He reportedly abused her children and forced her into prostitution.

"He used to beat my daughter in my absence. He also broke her to arms. I thought the swelling could have been because of minor beatings, I didn't know the baby's arms were broken. One day when I went out for work, he rubbed bidi-buds into my baby's body," Zarina told NDTV.

She managed to escape with her children and returned to Indore this week after which she took her children to hospital.  

Wahid has been arrested. But he claims Shireen got hit accidently. "Her mother had stopped eating and was complaining of stomach pain from past two-three. When I asked her to eat she refused. So I hit her. Her daughter was sleeping in between so when I hit her, she got hit too. Now I am accepting that it's a mistake."