A day after she was arrested for the alleged abuse of her minor domestic help,Vandana Dhir was on Wednesday sent to 14 days judicial custody by a city court.
The court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sudesh Kumar sent Dhir,the Country Communications Director for Alstom India and South Asia,to custody till October 15 after police filed an application stating that they did not require any further custody for investigation.
Dhir had been arrested on Tuesday after her domestic help,who is allegedly a minor,was found locked in a room,semi-nude and injured. She was rescued from Dhirs Vasant Kunj residence after a raid by Delhi Police,Delhi Commission for Women and NGO Shakti Vahini. The girl had been working at Dhirs house since June.
Defence lawyers opposed the judicial custody remand,claiming that Dhir suffered from back problems and should be kept in police custody for another day.
Her bail plea has been filed and will be heard tomorrow. She should not be sent to jail, her lawyer said.
The public prosecutor told the court that the girl had several injuries on her body. Her bone ossification test was yet to be conducted to determine her age,the prosecutor said.
Police said they had recovered the slip provided by the placement agency and were tracing the agency.
The Investigating Officer (IO) of the case presented pictures and the girls medico legal report in court. The judge observed that the injuries on the girls face,chest and back did not seem to be those sustained by falling in a bathroom,as the defence had claimed.
Dhirs lawyers have claimed that the girl was suffering from schizophrenia and had sustained the injuries before she had been hired. The placement agency told us that she sustained injuries during jhaad phoonk (exorcism) in her village, advocate Rudra Kahlon said.
The lawyers also claimed that the girl was above 18 years of age,but since she was mentally unsound,her statement to police was not admissible.
Dhir has been charged under various provisions of the IPC and the Bonded Labour Act.