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After employer,woman arrested in VK help case

Three days after a 16-year-old domestic help was rescued from a flat in Vasant Kunj,the Delhi Police has arrested a 45-year-old woman.

Written by Shalini Narayan | New Delhi | Published: October 4, 2013 1:04:59 am

Three days after a 16-year-old domestic help was rescued from a flat in Vasant Kunj,where she was allegedly tortured by her employer,the Delhi Police has arrested a 45-year-old woman from Kotla Mubarakpur in South Delhi.

Police refused to identify her but a source claimed she was a relative of the girl.

Police had been tracking the woman’s number given to them by the girl’s employer,40-year-old Vandana Dhir,the Country Communications Director for Alstom India and South Asia.

Vandana,in whose house the girl worked as a help,has been arrested on the charge of torturing her.

The woman’s phone was switched off on Wednesday but police managed to track her down after she had briefly switched on her phone on Thursday. Police are questioning her to join the dots.

The woman reportedly told police that the girl was sold for Rs 35,000 after being brought to the Capital from Jharkhand three years ago.

Vandana is in judicial custody after she was booked under various IPC sections and the Bonded Labour Act. Police on Thursday also added sections under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (prevention of atrocities) Act and the Juvenile Justice Act to the FIR.

Meanwhile,CPM’s Brinda Karat on Thursday met the police commissioner,asking him to take a personal interest in the case and strongly opposed Vandana’s bail plea.

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