A couple of days ago, a video went viral that showed a young child being reprimanded by a woman for failing to memorise numbers. In the video, the child is seen begging the woman to be nice to her as she tries to recite numbers from one to 10. The story was much discussed on social media especially after cricketer Virat Kohli and some of his teammates shared it questioning this form of disciplining and condemning the corporal punishment meted out. A lot of people wondered who the child was and how any person could be so heartless as to scold a baby in such a nasty way. Childcare experts even chipped in saying such harsh punishments could severely dent the confidence of the child.
Yes, now the girl in the viral video has now been identified and yes, she has a Bollywood connection! The girl has now been identified as Haya. Haya is three years old and she is the niece of Bollywood singer Toshi and Sharib Sabri.
The family is said to be shell shocked after the video went viral. Toshi has justified the act saying that the video was meant to be for private circulation and it was shot by the mother to show how the child is becoming indisciplined. Toshi has ruled out any abuse towards the child. “Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan don’t know about us. Hamare bachche ke bare mein humein pata hai naah ki hamara bacha kaisa hai! Uska nature hai waisa... Agle hi pal woh khelne chali jaati hai. Agar aap usko chod do toh woh kahengi main mazzak kar rahi thi. Uske nature ki wajah se chod denge toh woh padhai bhi nahi kar paayengi. (We know about our child better. Haya’s nature is such that after being scolded, the next minute she runs off to play. But, because of her nature if we don’t push her, she won’t study.),” he told a newspaper when contacted by a journalist.
The family didn’t expect the video to go viral, according to Toshi. “Woh video ek maa ka video hai, apne bhai aur husband ko dikhaane ke liye banaya tha, ki bachchi bahut ziddi ho gayi hai. (The video was made by the child’s mother, who wanted to show her brother and husband that how stubborn the girl has become), as per the report that was published recently. Toshi insisted that it was the child who has become stubborn and that his sister was not at fault. “The homework she gets in nursery, of learning numbers, she’ll never be able to learn. Woh jo rona hota hain, woh us moment ke liye tha taaki uski maa use padaaye na aur khelne de. Chota bachcha hai 2.5-3 saal ka. (All the crying was for that moment so that her mother doesn’t make her study and let her play. Haya is just about 3 years old). It’s not a big issue. Har ghar mein bachon ki alag zidd hoti hai, alag-alag tareeke ke bachche hote hain. [Ye] bachchi bahut zyada ziddi hai [lekin] humari laadli hai. (In every house there are different kind of children. Ours is a very stubborn child but is extremely dear to us),” he told the journalist.
He may have explained it but that still doesn’t justify the treatment, does it? Take a look at the video!