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Tortured maid’s son traced, her body still unclaimed

Jatin Anand, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, November 10, 2013
First Published: 01:47 IST(10/11/2013) | Last Updated: 15:09 IST(10/11/2013)

The son of Rakhi Bhadra, the maid who allegedly died of brutal torture at the hands of her employee, the wife of a BSP MP — has finally been traced by the Delhi Police to a local police station near his house in West Bengal, police sources said on Saturday.

The 35-year-old maid’s only son, Shahzan had come to Delhi last week and briefly talked to investigators before disappearing on Thursday. But before his disappearance, Shahzan told officers about his mother and painted a picture of a woman who had deserted her family of three nearly a year ago without a second thought. He claimed that Bhadra never contacted them since she left her modest home in Bengal early this year.

“So much so, she hadn’t even called them on the phone for the last one year,” a police officer said.

But the lack of contact may have been due to the fact that the BSP MP’s wife, Dr Jagriti Singh, took away two of Bhadra’s mobile phones. She has confessed to this, the police said, adding that she did it on the instructions of Dev Kumar, the placement agent who brought Bhadra and another maid, Meena, to her.

Such instructions are not unusual in cases of trafficking. “It is natural for the agent to ask a potential employer to prohibit the victim from getting in touch with the family lest they inform them about the exploitation,” the officer added.

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