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Rescued maid seeks security after threat calls

PUBLISHED IN THE TIMES OF INDIA

RANCHI: Phulin, the maid who was rescued from a home in New Delhi and brought back to Sahibganj in Jharkhand, has alleged receiving threat calls from unidentified people. On Thursday, Phulin wrote to Sahebganj SP about two unknown people who arrived at her place and forced her to sign on a blank sheet of paper.

The incident took place on her return from the residential school in which she was put after being rescued last year. On May 11, when she was outside helping her mother at work, two unknown people arrived at her home and asked her younger sister about her whereabouts.

Phulin wrote in the letter, ‘They forced my sister to sit in their vehicle and directed her to take them to me. When they reached me, they asked me to sign on a blank paper and when I refused, they tried to lure me with money. They threatened me with dire consequences if I refused again. They then made me sign on the paper and fled from the spot.” Phulin has demanded that the police look into the case and provide her protection.

SP (Sahebganj) Awadh Bihari Ram said, “Phulin did not lodge any FIR. She simply handed over a letter and we have registered a general diary. The investigation is under process and we are trying to trace the two unidentified people.”

Rishi Kant, member of Delhi-based NGO Shakti Vahini, which played an integral role in Phulin’s rescue said, “The case is being looked into by the social welfare department of Jharkhand and such threats to Phulin must be seriously investigated. We have also written to the chief secretary of Jharkhand.”

Phulin (18) was rescued from her employer’s place at Vasant Kunj in New Delhi by some NGOs in October last year. She was in a battered condition at the time of rescuing. She used to be beaten up, scratched with knives and denied any medical help. This had led to growth of maggots in her wound.

On her return, she was admitted to Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya in Sahebganj. But

she doesn’t seem to be safe even in her hometown with threat calls giving her sleepless nights.

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