In the latest in a series of cases of domestic helps being allegedly abused by their employers coming to light,a 20 -year-old woman working as a domestic help at a residence in West Delhis Rajouri Garden area was allegedly beaten up by her employer and sustained a neck fracture.
Police said thewoman identified as Divya (20),hailing from Jharkhand,was beaten up and forced to do menial jobs by her employer. The incident came to light on April 15,after Divya called her brother-in-law Prem Chand and told him that she is being abused by her employer and that she was not keeping well,police said. Chand then made a PCR call and informed police.
In a statement given to the police,Divya said that on April 13,she was asked to wash a huge bundle of clothes and when she refuse,she was beaten up by a bat used to wash clothes.
She reportedly told police that she was suffering from throat infection and though she informed her employers about this,no medical attention was given to her. Divya in her statement said that when she informed her employers wife that she was feeling weak and would not be able to do the washing,the wife beat her till she fell unconscious.
Kamal Chand,manager,Domestic Workers Forum,said, We were told that Divya was taken to Ram Manoher Lohia Hospital where she was kept for a day and sent back after minor first-aid. However,her condition worsened the next day and she was taken to Safdurjung Hospital,where it was diagnosed that she had fractured her neck bone.
According to police,Divya came to Delhi from Jharkhand around 2 years ago with her sister and brother-in-law in search of a job. Her brother-in-law sent her to a placement agency for domestic helps in Rajouri Garden. It was from here that she got placed with her present employer around one-and-a-half years ago,police said. Her sister Sushma allegedly took Rs 14,000 from the placement agency and signed a contract to the effect that Divya would work with them till January 2013.
The employers told police that they had taken in writing from the womans brother-in-law that she was not keeping well and he should take her for treatment. They said they had cleared all her dues but no one came to take her.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (West) V Renganathan,said,We received a call from Divyas brother-in-law saying that there has been a scuffle and his sister has got hurt. Divyas statement has been recorded. The nature of injuries and her statement will decide the course of action. No case has been registered at the moment.