New Delhi: A domestic help, who had worked at the house of former BSP MP Dhananjay Singh, who along with his wife Jagriti Singh is facing trial in a case of murder of their maid, on Sunday claimed before a Delhi court that he too was a victim of assault and cruelty.
19-year-old Ram Pal, who appeared as a prosecution witness before the court, told Additional Sessions Judge Amit Bansal that he and two other domestic helps, Meena and Rakhi Bhadra, were mercilessly beaten up by Jagriti without any reason and he was not even paid for his work by her.
The couple were arrested on November 5, 2013 in connection with the death of their 35-year-old maid Rakhi Bhadra, a resident of West Bengal.
During recording of evidence in the case which began today, Ram Pal deposed that Jagriti was a "lady of very short temperament" and she had been assaulting him, Meena and Rakhi with fist blows, door latches, wooden stick and also hot iron press.
The witness, who started working at Jagriti's house here in December 2012, said, "accused Jagriti Singh used to beat us (myself, Meena and Rakhi) on very small issues and sometimes without any fault on our part. Despite our continous work from morning till night, we were not given food to eat and she used to throw the food in the dustbin."
"We (domestic helps) used to work with empty stomach," he said, adding that in April 2013, when Rakhi took some time in preparing a food item, Jagriti assaulted her with fist blows.
However, Ram Pal told the court that Dhananjay used to visit the house but he "never beat" them. When they used to complain to him regarding Jagriti's behaviour towards them, the then MP "used to say that we should do our work properly".
He further said, "when Dhananjay Singh used to leave, Jagriti Singh used to give us (domestic helps) beatings on the pretext that we had complained to him."
The recording of evidence of Ram Pal remained inconclusive and would continue on July 20.
While Dhananjay is facing trial for alleged offence of destruction of evidence only, Jagriti was put on trial for various offences punishable under the IPC, including murder.