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Lawyers: Woman could be charged with causing hurt

The elderly woman committed an offence as she assaulted a defenceless child, said lawyers after The New Paper told them about the case.

Mr Rajan Supramaniam from Hilborne Law said she could be charged most likely with voluntarily causing hurt.

"In cases like this, members of the public should step in to protect the child. They must also inform the police about the incident," he added.

Mr Nirmal Singh, from Raj Kumar and Rama, said if the boy went for a medical check-up and the doctor found he has serious injuries as a result of the beating, the woman could even be charged with voluntarily causing grievous hurt.

"If there is evidence to show that she has been abusing the boy over a period of time, she may even be charged with ill-treating a child under the Children and Young Persons Act."

Mr Louis Joseph, from Regent Law, had similar views, saying: "It is an offence whenever an adult assaults a defenceless child."