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Domestic help abuse: Employer arrested; govt to fast-track case

The Delhi police arrested the employer of a 15-year-old girl from Jharkhand, who was rescued on Monday evening and admitted to Safdarjung Hospital with knife injuries.



Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: The Delhi police on Tuesday arrested the employer of a 15-year-old girl, who was rescued on Monday evening and admitted to Safdarjung Hospital with knife injuries.

The girl, who hails from Jharkhand, was working as a domestic help in a Vasant Kunj home. She was very badly injured and rescued by a joint team of an NGO and police. The NGO has received information in this regard and informed the police.

Police have arrested 50-year-old Vandana Dheer, who works at a private company in Noida. She has been charged with assault and illegal confinement.

Taking a strong note of the alleged abuse, the Delhi government today said the case would be heard by a fast-track court to ensure that she gets justice.

Calling the incident "horrible, barbaric", Minister of Women and Child Development department Kiran Walia said the government would bear the medical expenses of the victim.

Walia, who visited the Jharkhand girl at a city hospital this morning, said a fast-track court would handle the trial of the employers of the badly injured domestic help.

"The woman in question has been arrested," Walia said. "She (domestic help) has various kinds of marks on her body and doctor would be able to tell whether these are dog bites or not. But apparently, somebody knifed her also," she said.

Walia assured that the girl`s medical care will be taken care of.

"The government will bear the expenses, but at the same time it is horrible, barbaric. Obviously, something has happened, she has that knife mark on her head," she said.

A joint team of Delhi police and an NGO had rescued the badly battered and scared girl from ground floor of her employer Vandana Dheer`s residence last evening.

The team found the teen domestic help lying naked on the floor. The victim alleged that her employers had ordered their dogs to bite her.

The girl was taken to Safdarjung hospital for medical check-up and after the doctor`s report, a case was registered against Dheer at 12:30 AM.

Dheer used to live with her 85-year-old mother.

The victim had reportedly told police she had been working with her employers for the past one year and they used to beat her up almost every day, apparently not happy with her work.

(With PTI inputs)

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