PSI H B Chavda said, “We have lodged a complaint and are investigating the case.“
Condemning the act, former chairman of Gujarat Bar Council Anil Kella said, “The police should take strict action against the perpetrator. They should create an example of the man so that no one else would dare hit their stepchild . The cops should make such a strong case that he does not get bail. If he is bailed, the police should challenge it. In this case, the man’s actions are cruel as he hit a child that was not his. There is no guarantee that he will take care of the kid in future.“
Psychiatrist Hansal Bhachech said, “The boy is entering his teen years. This is an impressionable age. This incident can leave him feeling angry and vengeful. But since he is no position to extract revenge, the feelings will fester in him and affect his psyche negatively. He will become angry towards those responsible for this situation like his grandmother, mother and stepfather. Unable to control his feelings, he will end up being aggressive and rebellious.“
To solve this issue, Dr Bhachech said, “The man should seek the boy’s forgiveness and assure him that he will always love the child as his own. His mom and grandmother should help soothe his feelings and fears. They should promise him that it was a one-off incident that will never be repeated.
“ They should not mention the incident repeatedly and help him forget it. A kid should not be loved so much that he becomes spoilt and overbearing.However, he should not be hit for a misdemeanour either.If he commits a mistake, the adults should talk to him and explain the consequences of his actions.“