The Gurgaon police on Thursday arrested a couple for allegedly brutalising their 14-year-old maid.
Policemen, NGO Shakti Vahini activists, and officials of the Women and Child Rights Commission had rescued the minor from a cupboard in a house located in Krishna Colony on Wednesday after a neighbour alerted the police.
The accused, identified as Sagar Jain, a city-based industrialist and his wife Shweta, allegedly meted out inhuman treatment to the girl during her captivity in their house over the past six months.
“We have booked both the accused under Sections 322, 323, 505 and 34 of the IPC at the City Police Station. They were also produced in CJM court which sent them to 14 days’ judicial custody,” said ACP Crime and Gurgaon police spokesperson Hawa Singh.
The victim hails from Ratantoli village in Jharkhand’s Gumla district. She was sold off by her uncle and handed over to a placement agency. Now, local police are zeroing in on them.
Speaking to Mail Today, the victim said that Sagar had attempted to rape her once some three months back.
“Sahab (Sagar) had come home in a drunken state that night. When Shweta went to sleep, he came to my room and slept besides me. He tried to grab me but I managed to flee from the room. Sahab may have fear of his wife, as he did not attempt such an act again,” the victim said.
However, as the maid was scared of Shweta, she did not complain about Sagar’s behaviour.
The Jains had also failed to pay the maid her salary even once. Shweta, in particular, was said to be short-tempered. She allegedly physically assaulted the victim over petty issues while not hesitating to rain blows on her with broom, wiper and baton. She even beat her with a hot skimmer and kitchen knife.
The duo always kept an eye on their maid and whenever any guests arrived, they locked her in the store room situated on the rear side of the house.
The victim looked scared during counselling in the office of the District Women and Child Rights Commission.
“We have sent the victim to women observation centre for counselling. She is scared at the moment and is hesitating to disclose facts following the immense trauma of past six months,” said Shakuntala Dhull, District Women and Child Welfare Commission chairman.
Meanwhile, another 22-year-old maid was rescued from a DLF phase IV house. Though the victim did not wish to work in that house anymore, she was being held captive for the past three days.
Here also, a neighbour called the cops after hearing her screams.
The landlady was present when the police raided the place. A medical examination was conducted on the victim and she was sent to a shelter home.
Girl, 16, escapes after being held captive
Haryana’s skewed sex ratio encourages criminals to traffic women and girl children from other states for marriage.
One such incident was reported on Thursday from Chindwadi village under Sadar police station in the Jat-dominated Rohtak district, when local police received a zero FIR from Kashmiri Gate police station in the Capital pertaining to a 16-year-old minor, who was held captive for the last one and a half months in Haryana.
According to Rohtak Police, the victim’s brother, a resident of Chindwadi, had invited the minor to the village and was in touch with a man who wanted to marry her.
“We have recorded the victim’s statement. She said that she was held captive for a month and a half by a person. She was lured into this by her relative but as she did not agree to marry the person, she managed to flee the house on Wednesday evening,” said DSP Pushpa Khatri.
As the victim was roaming alone after reaching Kashmiri Gate in the night, a PCR van spotted her and took her to the police station.
“We are investigating the role of the man who was trying to marry and her apart from examining the involvement of her brother. We are trying to contact her parents in Khuti district of Jharkhand to know the motive behind the girl coming to Rohtak,” Khatri said, adding that relatives were involved in most such cases.