Two people were arrested by the Islamabad police on Saturday after it was revealed that a minor girl working as a maid in their house was subjected to torture on a daily basis and threatened to be killed.
Police was informed by a neighbour that 12-year-old Saima had been beaten by the owner of the house Imtiaz Ali and his sister Almas. A First Information Report (FIR) was registered at Golra police station after recording a statement of the child, followed by the arrests.
According to Saima, her parents had agreed to send her to do the housework for a monthly salary but the money was always kept by them and never spent on her.
Saima revealed that a day before the arrest, she overheard Almas telling another house servant that she wanted to pour hot water the 12-year-old and kill her. Fear drove Saima to the neighbour’s house where she informed him about her ordeal, leading to the arrests.
On Friday, Islamabad High Court Friday reserved its verdict on the jurisdiction for trying a district judge and his wife for allegedly abusing their 10-year-old housemaid.
In January, Additional District and Sessions Judge Raja Khurram Ali Khan and his wife Maheen Zafar were booked after the victim accused them of keeping her in wrongful confinement, burning her hand over a missing broom, beating her with a ladle, detaining her in the storeroom and threatening her.
During the same month, Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar took notice of torture on a child maid in Lahore. The lady employer in Lahore had burnt the hands of maid until her flesh peeled off.