DOMESTIC HELP LOCKED INSIDE FLAT

DOMESTIC HELP LOCKED INSIDE FLAT
DOMESTIC HELP LOCKED INSIDE FLAT

PUBLISHED IN THE HINDU

A 13-year-old domestic help who was allegedly tortured and kept in confinement by a doctor couple in their house at Sector 6 of Dwarka here was rescued by a non-government organisation on Thursday. The area Sub-Divisional Magistrate has initiated an inquiry into the matter.

The victim, who belongs to Gumla in Jharkhand, had been working at the residence of the doctor couple for the past one year. “She was recruited through one Mukesh Kumar, who runs a placement agency. About a week ago, the couple left for Thailand along with their daughter. They locked up the girl inside the house at Hahna Apartments,” said Nishi Kant of NGO Shakti Vahini.

The matter came to light when a domestic help working in the area saw the victim and learnt that she had been kept in confinement for the past six days. The case was brought to the notice of Shakti Vahini, following which a rescue team was sent to the spot. The team members called up the Delhi Fire Service after they failed to break open the lock.

Injury marks

“The fire officials broke into the house and rescued the girl who had injuries, including nail marks, all over her body. She disclosed that she had not eaten for the past three days. We gave her some juice and took her to a nearby hospital for medical examination. The victim disclosed that her employers used to torture her over minor issues. They had installed cameras inside the house to keep a track of her activities. It appears that she was not being paid any salary,” said Mr. Kant.

After the alleged torture of a minor girl by her employers was brought to the notice of the area SDM, he ordered an inquiry. “The employers will be contacted once they are back,” said an official.

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