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Case against employer for ‘abusing’ help

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12-year-old rescued by DCW after she managed to escape from employer’s house

The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on Monday said that it has ensured the filing of a First Information Report against a 55-year-old man who allegedly sexually assaulted his 12-year-old domestic help.

The girl was rescued on January 13. The DCW said the minor, who was held captive by her employer and his family, managed to escape from the house in their absence. “Seeing her sitting alone and crying, a passer-by informed the DCW, after which a team of counsellors were dispatched to the spot,” the DCW said in a release.

In her statement to the DCW, the girl alleged that she was working at the house since March last year. She was regularly beaten up by all three family members, and deprived of food and wages. “She claimed that the 55-year-old employer asked her to massage his body, including his private parts. She was not given food and was in a terrible condition. She had injuries on her eyes. She said she was not allowed to contact her parents and had not been given any wages till now,” the DCW said.

A case has been registered against the employer under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) and the Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act , and investigation is under way.

“Hundreds of girls from Jharkhand are brought to Delhi and sold off. They are being made to face untold atrocities. Placement agencies operating in the Capital should be immediately regulated. Further, both Delhi and Jharkhand should work together to stop human trafficking,” said DCW chief Swati Maliwal. She has written to the SDM urging inclusion of sections under the Bonded Labour Act in the matter.

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