Only a fortnight after a minor girl was recovered from the cupboard of a Gurgaon-based businessman, who had employed her as a domestic help, two sisters were rescued from the house of a couple in Vasant Kunj on Sunday.
Hailing from Khunti district of Jharkhand, both were often thrashed, abused verbally and not given any salary since July when they started working at their residence. They were also kept locked in the house for fear of fleeing from the ill-treatment. They somehow got the number of an NGO and called them pleading to be saved.
No details could be obtained about the profile of the couple, by the police, till late on Sunday.
The woman, described as one Sarika, put up a fight when the NGO, Shakti Vahini, along with a Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) team and Vasant Vihar (North) Police Station personnel, reached the house. Rishi Kant, from the NGO, said, “She told the police ‘you came on the call of a servant and hence should behave like a servant’. Her violent behaviour with the rescuing squad has been recorded on our camera. It was shocking.”
Christian tribals from Jharkhand, the 20-year-old elder sister first came to Delhi in search of work and an agent got her placed at this house. The lady of the house then asked her to get another help from her family in Jharkhand, and she summoned her younger sister (18). “The girls have told us that the torture began soon after. They would be given little food, scolded and thrashed often, made to work 24×7 and barred from leaving the house,” Rishi Kant said. The Anti-Human Trafficking Police in Khunti has been informed and the placement agency involved is also being searched for.
“The girls are very scared right now. They have come out of hell. Both are lodged in Bapnu Ghar shelter for women and their medical examination is over,” Kant added. DCW chief, Swati Maliwal, will visit them on Monday and herself take their statement.