A day after a “13 to 14-year-old” girl, working as a domestic help in Faridabad, jumped off the balcony of her employer’s 11th floor flat, allegedly in a bid to escape torture, police have registered a case in the matter. The accused, a 22-year-old engineering student of Manav Rachna University, has been arrested and remanded in judicial custody.
The residents of the locality registered a police complaint on Wednesday night, following which the girl recorded her statement in the presence of the Child Welfare Committee.
By Thursday morning, an FIR had been registered under Section 79 of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015.
“A case has been registered, and we have arrested the accused. She was produced in court and has been remanded to judicial custody. She is lodged in Neemka prison,” said Dalbir Singh, Station House Officer (SHO) of Sarai Khwaja police station.
The girl, meanwhile, has been sent to a Child Protection Home, even as police struggle to track down her parents. The girl, they say, has been unable to provide them with an address more specific than “Patna”.
Sources said the accused, identified as Sneha, hails from Patna, where her father owns mines. The parents of the victim allegedly work in the accused’s father’s mines, and had secured employment for their child through him.
The girl had come to Faridabad with the accused two years ago and, in her statement to the Child Welfare Committee as well as conversations with social activists, claimed that she has been brutally tortured and beaten up since then.
“The girl said the woman would hit her with pipes and rolling pins. If she made a mistake, boiling water would be thrown on her back. The evident injuries and burn marks all over her body confirm this,” said Rishi Kant, an official from NGO Shakti Vahini.
“On Wednesday, she was trying to escape by using the grills to reach the neighbour’s balcony, but her employer caught her in the act and reached out to pull her hair. In a bid to escape, the girl fell on to a net placed between the 11th and 10th floors, and from there on to the balcony of the flat below, ” he added.
Harish Malik, Chairman of the Child Welfare Committee, said, “The girl has been continuously tortured by her employer. She had not fallen off the balcony but, in fact, jumped in an attempt to reach the neighbouring balcony and get relief from the torture.”
Residents of Kanishka Towers, where the incident took place, claimed that the accused alerted the guards that “her domestic help” might have fallen. She was rescued after people from the locality climbed on to the balcony, where she lay unconscious, through that of the neighbour’s.