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Domestic help: I was raped,sodomised,beaten with tongs

A 14-year-old domestic help escaped from the custody of her employers has alleged she was sexually abused for years.

Written by Ananya Bhardwaj | New Delhi | Published: April 13, 2012 12:43 am

Days after a 13-year-old domestic help was rescued from a locked Dwarka flat while her employers vacationed abroad,another 14-year-old maid escaped from the custody of her employers in Jamia Nagar where she alleged she was beaten with sticks and tongs and sexually abused over three years.

The incident came to light on Tuesday when the girl,who hails from Koriyahi village in Sitamarhi district of Bihar,slipped out of the house and approached neighbours for help. They alerted the police and NGO Butterflies Childline.

Police have registered a case and arrested Nadeem on the charge of rape and unnatural sex. A search is on for his mother Juhi and sister Farheen who face charges of cruelty to a juvenile,child labour,hazardous employment and bonded labour.

In a written complaint to the police,the 14-year-old said that Juhi came to her village in Bihar with the promise of a job. She came to Delhi with her grandmother Jamila who left her at Juhi’s house and never returned. She alleged she was made to work from 6 in the morning till 10 at night without rest,that she was beaten up with sticks and tongs even for petty mistakes.

“A few days ago,while I was washing utensils,Juhi came and hit me with a rod on my right hand,telling me to work properly. Later,when I was late in serving food to the family,Farheen,Juhi’s daughter,used hot tongs to hit me on the hand. I still have burn marks on my hand.”

She alleged that Juhi never paid her a salary.

The FIR quotes the girl as alleging that she was raped by Nadeem two years ago while others in the family had gone out. She alleged that he threatened to kill her if she mentioned the incident to his family or anyone else.

“Even after this,he raped me on several occasions in the absence of his family members. I was scared to tell anyone since he had threatened to kill me. A week ago,he raped me again and asked me to keep quiet. I was also sodomised on several occasions,” she alleged.

A senior police officer said: “We received a complaint from the neighbours and,along with a team from the NGO,reached the spot. The child was taken into custody and will be sent to a shelter home.”

The girl was sent for a medical examination to AIIMS where it was confirmed that she had been raped and sodomised.

No external injury was observed in the MLC report. But the Child Welfare Committee,pointing to fresh injury marks and visible burn marks on her right hand,has ordered a thorough medical examination of the girl. It has also directed the investigating officer to get the statement of the child recorded before a magistrate as soon as possible.

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