NEW DELHI: The girl at the centre of the Dwarka maid case is 14, and was contracted for work from her mother with a one-time payment of Rs 18,000. However, she was hired out as a domestic help to the Vermas for Rs 4,000 a month.
A day after police cut short their custody of doctors Sanjay and Sumita Verma, arrested for locking up and starving the girl while holidaying abroad, sources in the police provided TOI what they claimed were key details of the investigation.
Police say the girl was brought to Delhi from Gumla in Jharkhand last September. They claim to know the addresses of the two men, Mukesh and Narayan Sahu, who allegedly brought her to Delhi. A team has been sent to Veerkheda village in Sisai block of Gumla to arrest them on the basis of information provided by another accused, Mahadev, who was arrested last week.
A senior officer told TOI that police had found the girl’s birth certificate showing she was born in 1997. “We have established that the 14-year-old girl was beaten up and confined in the Vermas’ house. We will file a status report before the Child Welfare Committee and the court soon.”
While investigators already knew that the Punjabi Bagh based Rose Placement Agency hired out the girl to the Vermas for Rs 4,000 a month, they have now been able to connect the dots of her journey from Gumla to Delhi. Police say Sahu convinced the girl’s mother to give him her custody last September. “The mother agreed and Sahu paid her Rs 18,000. He then passed on the girl, who has studied up to class 5, to Mahadev, who
handed her over to Mukesh, manager of the placement agency.”
Police say Mukesh struck a deal with the doctor couple but a woman named Durga brought her to their house in Sector 6, Dwarka. Durga’s whereabouts are not known.
Regarding the sudden move to surrender the custody of the doctor couple and Mahadev to a court here on Sunday, police said they had obtained the information they needed. “We have evidence to show the girl was locked up in the Vermas’ house while they were holidaying in Bangkok. More facts will spill out when we arrest the other three accused,” an officer said.
Police had obtained three days’ custody of the trio on Friday and were expected to produce them in a Dwarka court on Monday. The accused have now been sent to 14 days’ judicial custody.
Meanwhile, sources in the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) said on Monday that the commission was examining the Dwarka case from a trafficking angle and wanted the Jharkhand government involved in its investigation.
The panel also confirmed receiving a request for an independent probe in the case from the NGO Shakti Vahini, which had freed the girl from the Vermas’ house with police help.
A source said the commission had reminded police about this on Monday. “We have sought information from Delhi Police. We expect a reply in a couple of days.” NCPCR also plans to get in touch with the Child Welfare Committee.