A 12-year-old boy who had been ill-treated by a middle-aged woman and her daughter for about one and half years has been rescued. They have been arrested along with the middleman who had helped them to procure the boy.
Acting on a tip-off, the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) found the boy employed as a domestic servant at Iluppudeniya in the Chilaw police area.
NCPA Chairman Jagath Wellawatte said that the victim s mother had handed over the child to a woman at Illudeniya through a middleman. He said the mother was a liquor addict and the NCPA was investigating whether the boy s three brothers, too, had been ill-treated. They live at Thoduwawa in the Mahawewa area.