Air hostess,sister arrested for locking up help,flying abroad

The Air India air hostess is accused of physically assaulting her 12-year-old domestic help.

Written by Ananya Bhardwaj | New Delhi | Published: October 31, 2013 11:53:26 pm

The Air India air hostess,accused of physically assaulting her 12-year-old domestic help and locking the girl up in her Netaji Nagar house for days without food or water,was arrested on Thursday morning.

The air hostess,Bira Thoibi (23),was in Australia for a two-day trip,when the matter was reported and a case was filed against her. She was taken into police custody as soon as she arrived at the airport terminal.

Thoibi’s sister,Stoile Naubi,who reportedly brought the girl to Thoibi’s place,has also been arrested.

The sisters were produced in-camera before Metropolitan Magistrate Ashok Kumar who remanded them in Tihar jail till November 13.

The sisters have been charged with bonded labour,wrongful confinement,child labour and under relevant sections of the Juvenile Justice Act.

Police said during questioning,the sisters claimed that they brought the girl from Manipur to educate her in Delhi. Thoibi also claimed that the girl was trying to frame her and that she had never abused her.

“The sisters claimed that they had promised the girl’s mother to bear the girl’s expenses. They reportedly promised that they would send the girl to a good school and take care of her needs since they all came from the same village. But when the girl came to Delhi,the accused started to abuse her. She never let the girl leave the house or speak to her family,” a police officer claimed.

“The girl’s mother works as a domestic help at Thoibi’s house in Manipur,” the officer said.

According to her statement,the girl alleged that Thoibi used to beat her with a leather belt and kept a dog to scare her.

She also alleged that Thoibi would return home late at night and ask her for a massage. If she stopped,the girl alleged that she would be beaten up.

The girl also alleged that she was not allowed to sleep for more than four hours a day.

Thoibi had allegedly locked her up inside the house for over two days without any food. The girl,however,managed to escape to the neighbour’s house. The police were then alerted.

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