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Delhi domestic help abuse: pus was oozing from a deep gash in her skull

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, October 02, 2013
First Published: 00:27 IST(2/10/2013) | Last Updated: 00:31 IST(2/10/2013)

When she was taken to Safdarjung Hospital on Monday night, the domestic help rescued from a Vasant Kunj flat was bleeding from a deep gash in her skull. There were bruises all over her face, neck and hands.

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The traumatised girl hardly spoke and only told the NGO members that she was from Sahibganj in Jharkhand.

The doctor treating her said she was out of danger and was being monitored closely. “The girl has a linear and deep cut in her skull. The cut on the skull was fresh as it was bleeding profusely but many of the other wounds were old,” said a senior doctor at the hospital.

When a team from NGO Shakti Vahini reached her employer Vandana Dhir’s house in Vasant Kunj on Monday evening, they found the girl sitting on the ground almost naked.

“Pus was oozing out of the three-inch deep wound on her head. There was a lump of skin on her badly damaged ears. When we enquired about her condition, Dhir replied that the girl had slipped in the bathroom and hurt herself,” said Rishikant, a member of Shakti Vahini.

“She said the girl was naked because the doctors had advised. Her lips seemed to be badly chewed out,” he added.

“When she spoke on Tuesday morning, she told us she was beaten often and tortured. Her eyes were swollen and she was in acute depression,” said Rishikant.

The girl is one of five siblings — three sisters and two brothers. Doctors treating her said she was about 15 years old but the police have sought permission for a bone ossification test to ascertain her age.


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