RAWALPINDI: An 11-year-old child maid has been brutally tortured, allegedly by a government officer and her doctor husband, prompting action by the city police chief.
The video of an injured child-maid, allegedly abused by her employers, had gone viral creating an outcry on social media.
City Police Officer Abbas Ahsan, taking notice of the incident, suspended a police official in Airport police station for not taking action over the crime, which had occurred in Wilayat Colony. He has ordered a complete inquiry into the incident.
According to police, Ammara Riaz, a government officer and her husband Dr Mohsin had beaten up their 11-year-old child maid on suspicion of theft.
The injured child’s father had taken her to Airport police station, but policemen, fearing the government officer, did not register the complaint. Airport police forced the father to take her injured daughter back to their hometown, Sumandari.
However, the child maid’s images and statement on social media went viral in Sumandari and Rawalpindi, in which the child is seen showing wound marks on her face, arms, neck and head, she received at the hands of her employers.
CPO Ahsan taking strict action over the incident, first suspended the cop who had not registered the report and then sent a police party to bring back the victim and her father to Rawalpindi so that a case may be registered against her employers.
Abuse of domestic helpers is pervasive nationwide with scores of incidents reported regularly.
In 2017, an additional district and sessions judge and his spouse were convicted of burning a juvenile maid, Tayyaba’s hand over a missing broom, beating her with a ladle, detaining her in a storeroom and threatening her with even worse. Their one-year prison sentence was later enhanced to three years by Islamabad High Court.