Doctor couple apply for bail, extend vacation fearing arrest

FAIZAN HAIDAR HINDUSTAN TIMES

The doctor couple accused of torturing their 13-year-old help applied for anticipatory bail in Dwarka court on Monday. Police said Dr Sanjay and Dr Sumita Verma are in Pattaya and have extended their vacation fearing arrest. Sources said the couple has denied all allegations in the FIR in  their bail application. The couple had locked their domestic help and left for Thailand on March 25. On March 30, the girl was rescued by an NGO. The police had claimed she had not eaten anything for four days.

“We got to know that they have applied for anticipatory bail. Of the various sections imposed on them, Section 26 of Juvenile Justice Act is non-bailable. We will oppose their bail,” a senior police officer said. The matter will come for hearing on Tuesday. NGO Shakti Vahini, which rescued the girl, will also oppose their plea. “Police still need to know several facts from them about the girl,” said Nishi Kant, executive director of the NGO.

Look out circular

A Look Out Circular (LOC) was issued against the couple on Monday and airports across the country had been alerted. “They haven’t come to India. If they further delay their return, we are planning to alert Interpol,” the officer added. Meanwhile, police have managed to trace Sanjay’s parents who live in Vikaspuri. “But they haven’t been able to provide us many details,” the officer added. Police are also planning to ask Ministry for External Affairs to help them provide their visa details of the couple. “We are also keeping an eye on their bank accounts. We can trace their location through their transactions,” the officer added.The Vermas own a nursing home in Dwarka’s Sector 19 and run a private practice in Tilak Nagar. Sanjay is a diabetologist and his wife a gynaecologist.

RWAs, NGOs to do their bit, together

NGOs working for child rights have decided to launch programmes in association with Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) to stop child abuse. NGOs said they will keep doing awareness programmes with help from RWAs and will request society residents not to hire minors as domestic helps. “It is a matter of concern that the 13-year-old girl was employed for almost a year with no one reporting it. We urge all citizens to work to ensure such incidents never occur again,” said Shireen Vakil Miller, Director of Advocacy and Policy of an NGO Save the Children. Another NGO, Shakti Vahini will distribute pamphlets in colonies to inform them about the consequences of hiring a minor help.  htc

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