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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

Accused roam free, cops turn a blind eye to cigarette burns

Hindustan Times  Ranchi, August 10, 2012
First Published: 00:32 IST(10/8/2012) | Last Updated: 00:33 IST(10/8/2012)

Locked up, thrashed and branded with cigarettes, seven-year-old domestic help Yasmin was finally rescued by her neighbours on July 15.

But her plight, apparently, failed to move the police.

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With Yasmin’s employers roaming free three weeks after the rescue, the government has taken the police to task. A probe was ordered after Ranchi’s Child Welfare Committee took up the case.

Motherless Yasmin, a resident of Gaya, had been sent to work at the home of Mohammad Mustafa, a sweet shop owner in Ranchi. Her unsuspecting father, a baker, came to know of her predicament only after she was rescued.

“There were fresh scorch marks on her body. We wonder how despite a strong written complaint, the accused have not been arrested,” said Mahesh Wadhwani, a member of the CWC.

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