An orphaned minor working as a domestic help in a teacher’s house allegedly had her left palm burnt by the woman and her daughter at a village in the Thanjavur district, Tamil Nadu for not obeying an order to pick up a comb from the floor of their home.

The matter came to light on Thursday when her neighbours in Papanasam village questioned the 12-year-old girl about the burn marks on her palm. Gopika told them that the mother and her daughter, also a teacher in the same school, had burnt her palm for not obeying the order to pick up a comb from the floor.

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The neighbours informed a woman child welfare officer who rescued the child and got her admitted at the Thanjavur government hospital for treatment on Thursday. Later, she was shifted to a children’s home in the district. Police registered a case today against both the teachers. The daughter had brought Gopika from Kulithalai village to Papanasam after her parents died and got her admitted to the local panchayat middle school.

(Feature image source: PTI)