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Employer sets dog on rescue team

ADITYA DEV IN TIMES OF INDIA

GURGAON: In a bizarre incident, a family set its pet dog loose on a raiding team comprising employees of the child welfare department, childline and police when it reached its Sector 14 residence after receiving a torture complaint from a minor domestic help working there.

As the raiding team could not enter the premises, the girl could not be rescued. A second attempt, too, proved unsuccessful.

District probation officer Nisha Singh, who is attached to the child welfare department, has given a written complaint to the Gurgaon police commissioner in this regard. Singh, in her complaint, also mentioned misconduct and non-cooperation by a head constable posted at the Sector 14 police chowki. Talking to TOI, Singh alleged that when she went to the police chowki to seek their assistance in conducting the raid and asked for a woman constable, he allegedly misbehaved with her. Singh further alleged that the head constable told her she could make a complaint against him to the SHO or DCP.

When they reached the house, police stood at the back and did not do anything to stop the dog, Singh said. According to Singh, the police commissioner deputed an ACP to conduct an investigation into the matter.

When contacted, ACP Pankhuri Kumar said the complaint is regarding a dog being unleashed by the house owner and not regarding the said head constable. “If something of that sort comes up, we will definitely take an action. An inquiry would be conducted,” she said.

Kumar informed that the raiding team could not recover the child. “We are investigating the matter. At present this is just an information. It is even not certain whether a minor was working there or not,” she added.

A daily diary report has been registered. “The employer might have relocated the child by now. The girl could be a victim of child trafficking and she should be traced as soon as possible,” said Rishi Kant of NGO Shakti Vahini, which runs Childline in Gurgaon.

Childline (1098) had received a complaint regarding a minor being employed at a home in Sector 14. A Childline member said they had received information that a minor was kept as domestic help in the house of one Krishna who is an “influential person”.

According to the information, the girl has been working in the house for the last four years and had been tortured physically by her employer.

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