New DelhiA 13-year-old who was locked inside an apartment in Southwest Delhi’s Dwarka, allegedly by a doctor couple, was rescued by an NGO, police and fire officers on Thursday. According to police, the couple had gone to Bangkok after locking up the girl in their second-floor house in Hanemaan Apartment in Dwarka Sector 6. The girl was left without food and had been starving for three days, police said.
According to police, said a medical examination was conducted on the girl on Thursday night and they were waiting for her to make a full statement to register a case against the couple under the Juvenile Justice Act.
Police said that officials of an NGO, Shakti Vahini, were informed about the girl by neighbours and other residents, who saw her at the second-floor apartment window, crying for help.
“We received numerous calls after which we informed police and fire personnel. The fire brigade was called as we didn’t know if we would have had to rescue her through the window. Around 5.30 pm, the girl was finally rescued. She was taken to a local hospital for an examination. We are in the process of signing papers. The girl will be provided shelter at Nirmal Chaya,” said Subir Roy, Shakti Vahini official.
Police said there were several bruises on the girl’s body, which they claimed indicated that she was regularly beaten. “ The girl also told us that the wife, also a doctor, had cut off her hair, which had left some bald patches,” a police officer said.
According to police, the girl is from Jharkhand and was brought to Delhi and sold to a placement agency and later sent to the couple’s house to work as a maid. The girl told police that in the last three months she had not been paid any salary.
The victim told police and her counsellors that the couple had installed at least two CCTV cameras in the house through which they monitored her activities.
“The girl told us that the couple used to come home and check if she had eaten anything or watched television in their absence. If she consumed food or sat on their bed she would be beaten. She was allowed to sit only on the floor,” a police officer said.