Indian child maid in hospital in Delhi abuse case

By AFP
Published: October 1, 2013
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Campaigners say the girl was slashed with knives and mauled by dogs. PHOTO: FILE

Campaigners say the girl was slashed with knives and mauled by dogs. PHOTO: FILE

NEW DELHI: A teenage girl working as a maid in India’s capital was recovering in hospital Tuesday after being rescued from a home where campaigners said she was slashed with knives and mauled by dogs.

Police have arrested her employers, a 50-year-old woman and her 85-year-old mother, who live in the upmarket Vasant Kunj area of southern New Delhi, on suspicion of illegal confinement and assault, PTI news agency reported.

The 15-year-old’s injuries have focused a spotlight again on the abuse of domestic servants in the capital where thousands of workers, often children trafficked from remote and poverty-stricken states, toil for long hours in homes with almost no legal protection.

“It is horrible and barbaric,” Kiran Walia, Delhi’s minister for women and child development, told reporters after visiting the victim in a city hospital where she is being treated for multiple injuries.

The girl, from eastern Jharkhand state, reportedly told police after her rescue on Monday night that she had been working with her abusive employers for the past year.

“Such a heinous crime has happened to this girl. The whole head was smashed, the whole body, dog bites are there,” Rishi Kant, from the anti-trafficking campaign group Shakti Vahini, told the NDTV news channel.

“In this house they are well off, they are not poor people,” he added after a joint operation with police to rescue the maid.

In April last year, Indian police arrested a wealthy doctor couple who locked up their 13-year-old maid while they went away on holiday. She was rescued by firefighters when neighbours spotted her crying on an outside balcony.

“Rich people are willing to pay any amount of money to get servants who can clean their houses, survive on left-over food,” campaigner Kant told AFP recently.

“Illegal placement agencies offering house maids have mushroomed in every city across India.”

“The rich employers are specifically looking at children because they come cheaper, complain less and can be exploited.”

In 2006, India passed legislation banning employment of children under 14 in households, roadside eateries and hotels, but the law is widely flouted in the country of 1.2 billion people.

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  • The Shaikh
    Oct 1, 2013 - 4:37PM

    Now if somebody had read what Islam instructs about behavior with servants and no such cases would have come up in local or international media. Great going modern-liberal minds!

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  • Claude
    Oct 1, 2013 - 5:57PM

    Indians also believe in Two Nation Theory. 2nd nation of invisible robots services 1st nation. Next time wish the ‘servant’ who serves you the tea in an Indian household and see the facial expression of the intellectual liberals around you.

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  • 1984
    Oct 1, 2013 - 7:43PM

    @The Shaikh:

    Wow,a girl has been tortured and all you think is to highlight your religion….

    I dont want to make it a religious issue because bad people exists in every religion,but since you brought it

    Please tell why Muslims think its ok to have sex with their right hand properties (Slaves/servants)

    Why there are countless cases of immigrant maids getting tortured by their Arab masters??? The recent involving a Saudi princess??

    Could you tell us more about children used in the deadly camel racing??

    Or about the “dancing boys” used by the Sheikhs????

    or a Kuwaiti politician trying to pass a law to allow men to have sex slaves????

    Or should I say more????

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  • The Shaikh
    Oct 2, 2013 - 9:28AM

    @1984

    I talk because it is not a religion for a specific region, it is a Holy Book to be followed by everyone for peace and harmony in the world. Now if you have any reservations, then try to go through it with an open mind.

    For all your questions, please go through my earlier answer and you shall be satisfied.

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  • subash
    Oct 2, 2013 - 11:20AM

    @The Shaikh:

    what about camel races with young kids tied upon camels or marrying a 14 yrs old by 45 yrs old! where is islam then?

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  • The Shaikh
    Oct 2, 2013 - 3:28PM

    @ subash

    Camel races are non existing in this world of today.

    Tell me will you feel outraged if a 45 year old lady is married to a 15 year old guy? What does the gita, bible, torah say about it? Try to become an open minded person and accept the truths!

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  • 1984
    Oct 2, 2013 - 5:43PM

    @The Shaikh:
    I’m sorry,if you find that book holy….Follow it…and if you find few laws of it are better than the current laws..Then put forward so that we will review the law and implement it when we want….
    But we dont want any draconian laws to followed just because its written in a book….

    We have a constitution which frames the laws and changes it according to the times….

    FYI,you are talking about Torah,Gita etc….But honestly if a Hindu forces a woman into jump into the funeral pyre of her husband and commit Sati…He/She will given the maximum punishment according to our law and claiming defence from a holy book will not be accepted…..

    Hope I made myself clear

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