Two days after a 11-year-old maid was rescued from a home in Greater Noida,her parents who arrived in the city from Jaipur have been denied her custody by the Child Welfare Commission for the time being. The victim,who was rescued by the Gautam Budh Nagar police after residents at Eldeco Greens,the society where she lived,complained that she was allegedly being tortured by her employers and kept without food.
The girl,who hails from Nepal,has been living in Jaipur with her parents before she moved to Delhi to work in the house of Preeti Singh. In her statement to the CWC,she said, The torture began one month after I got the job. For small tasks,I was scolded and beaten very often. I was made to work from 7 am to 12 at night and was denied food very often.
While Preeti Singh stays at the Eldeco Greens house in Greater Noida with her two children,her husband Abhimanyu Singh works in Ahmedabad as a sports trainer.
When the parents of the child arrived on Sunday,the officials of the CWC and the Labour department said they would be given custody once the two government departments complete their investigations. A CWC official said,It is a serious case. Police said when she was rescued,there were bruises on her body. There is also the suspicion that the family who employed the girl might try to suppress the case by offering the childs parents monetary benefits. So custody will be given only when the investigation is complete. We have to see whats in the best interest of the child.
Atul Srivastava,Deputy Superintendent of Police,said,When the girl was rescued there were bruises all over her body,especially on the head and neck. It appears she was hit on the head with a blunt object. The child is currently with Childline,a district level committee under the Ministry of Women and Child Development,and has been housed in a childrens home in the city. Cases against Preeti Singh have been registered with the Kasna police station under Sections 374,323,342,and 504 of the Indian Penal Code.