Child being beaten during math lesson turns out to be Bollywood singer's niece!

Published: August 23, 2017


A viral video of a child, who appears to be just three or four years old, being scolded and slapped, presumably by the mother, during a math lesson has drawn the ire of social media users.

The child constantly pleading the mother to stop, followed by the slaps – and the expressions on the kid’s face – that of anger and frustration as well as helplessness – compelled many Facebook and Twitter users to speak out on the issue of child abuse, even if it’s at the hands of their own family members.

Indian cricketers Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh shared the video on their Instagram accounts, calling out the parents of the girl, asserting how a child should never be treated this way.

But here’s what made our jaws drop!

The girl in the viral video? The 3-year-old is Haya, niece of Bollywood singers Toshi and Sharib Sabri! Toshi appeared on Voice of India, and crooned the famous song Maahi from Raaz: The Mystery Continues.

Hindustan Times then contacted the singer, and much to our horror, he then tried to justify the brutal act.

He said, “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.”

“The video was made by the child’s mother, who wanted to show her brother and husband that how stubborn the girl has become,” he went on to say.

Video of child being hit during math lesson draws social media ire

“The homework she gets in nursery, of learning numbers, she’ll never be able to learn. 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,” said the singer.

“It’s not a big issue. In every house there are different kinds of children. Ours is a very stubborn child but is extremely dear to us,” he asserted.

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Talking about his sister, Toshi added, “When others are feeling bad seeing the video, then being a mother of course she’s upset too.”

“One can’t judge a mother’s love for the child by seeing a short video. If children throw tantrums, then should we stop teaching them? It’s not easy to raise children. I’m married and have a son. I know how difficult it is to raise a child. Parents have to do double duty by managing both — the children and the household at the same time,” added  Toshi.

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  • Aziz
    Aug 23, 2017 - 12:30PM

    What an outrageous act!
    And to add insult to the injury, the uncle of the child is even justifying it!!
    It seems that sometimes ignorance has no limits….
    May God protect children from cruelty and ignorance….Recommend

  • Misbah
    Aug 23, 2017 - 5:04PM

    Its is nothing but a complete non sense. It showed that non of the family member is educated enough to know the ways to teach kids. The kid’s mum may not be educated as well and may have faced difficulty in life so she may want her kid to be educated by the way she wanted to trained her was awful. Khair. Its better for the mother to learn first. Learn how to teach a child instead of teaching like this.

    Tooshi, a great singer but a pathetic human being. Feel sorry for the people who think that its the way to raise kids. Education is a must, not only for kids but for the parents first.Recommend

  • Andrew
    Aug 23, 2017 - 5:05PM

    Nonsense. He is justifying the mental & physical torture of a 3 year old. I too am married and have 2 children. It is a constant juggling act but that does not in any manner mean that I will beat them to learn. A child will learn when not under pressure. Both my sons are stubborn when they want to be, especially when dealing with a subject that they do not like too much. Children have to be explained to teach them things. Not beaten to make them learn. This is shameful. First a video showing the torture and then justifying and making excuses that the child is stubborn and needs to be beaten to be taught. Disgusted.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Aug 23, 2017 - 5:42PM

    Parents know very well how to raise their children. The fault lies when someone record the video of such act and publish on social media just for their entertainment. The video gets viral and the parents are mentally disturb now due to the bashing of irrelevant people. Recommend

  • Shahid
    Aug 23, 2017 - 5:44PM

    It was simply child abuse. Mother needs to take parenting classes.Recommend

  • Khan
    Aug 23, 2017 - 6:53PM


    Parents know very well how to raise
    their children.

    You’re either too young to know this or an ignorant. Every person is different so is every parent .. We have seen enough parent’s torturing their own children to death.Recommend

  • Saqib
    Aug 24, 2017 - 7:37PM

    hi everybody…i agree but the child was crying and begging : teach me nicely…parents think it was funny…Recommend

  • Omar Mirza
    Aug 25, 2017 - 4:35AM

    I wish I hadn’t seen that. Recommend

  • Shakti
    Aug 25, 2017 - 5:19PM

    I didn’t see the video because I don’t think I can take it. This is nothing but torture. I hope the authorities warn the parents.Recommend

  • kriti sanon
    Aug 28, 2017 - 8:14PM

    Sometimes parents have to be strick in front of the childerns but sometimes they have to behave kind and polite☺ with their kids they have to understand that in which type of behavior my child is understanding……And which thing is pressure rizing the child….so dont be strict with ur childerns everytime sometimes be polite….!!!Recommend

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