A four-year old Hyderabad girl was ruthlessly attacked by a couple ‘venting out their frustration’, NDTV reported on Tuesday.

The girl was seared with a scalding spoon, beaten up and pinched by her mother and her partner. She was rescued after neighbours alerted a politician who made rights activist Achyutha Rao congnisant of the matter.

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“Daddy burnt me when I was eating,” she told NGO personnel. He hit me first and pressed a hot iron spoon on me,” the child said.

The mother of the girl started living with another man after parting ways with her husband. The couple, the woman and her partner, would vent out their frustration on the child whenever differences cropped up.

The four-year-old has been sent to a state-run facility for rescued children.

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“Yet another instance of a child being targeted and abused because of problem between adults. While a woman has a right to move on after a failed marriage, very often children are becoming inadvertent victims,” Rao said.

This article originally appeared in NDTV.