For many working mothers, leaving their toddlers at the day care centre close to their home is the only viable option. In yet another shocking incident from Kerala which sparked public anger yesterday, a video was released, showing a two-year-old child being beaten up at a day care centre in Kochi. The video shocked people across the state and triggered another political debate on the safety of children who are left in daycare centres. Various organisations including the Youth Congress as well as the Yuva Morcha held protest marches yesterday.
According to local news reports, Mini – who owns the day care ”Kaliveedu” – has been taken into police custody after the video was released. The name ”Kaliveedu” means “playhouse”. The Palarivattom police have sealed the day care centre.
Most parents, who have been talking to the local media channels and reporters, informed that they did not suspect anything wrong with their children who were being sent to the same day care centre.
Following the furore over the video, Health Minister KK Shylaja stated that day care centres cannot be allowed to function like this and that across the state, all day care centres will be regulated.
“What happened at Kochi’s day care centre is unfortunate. The situation nowadays is that anyone can open a day care centre and do such things. This has to change and we will take steps to ensure that such incidents are not repeated,” Health Minister KK Shylaja said. She further stated that strict action will be taken against those who are found guilty.