A woman was arrested on charges of torturing and setting ablaze a minor girl at Kanchannagar in South Tripura district on Sunday after the girl died from her injuries.
The accused, identified as Shampa Nag Nandi, was arrested from her residence based on a complaint by the minor’s maternal uncle, Dipak Debnath.
The 12-year-old was working as domestic help in Shampa’s house.
“The minor maid, who was admitted in a hospital with burn injuries in Agartala today died. So, on the basis of her uncle’s complaint, we arrested her employer’s wife. We are still investigating the matter,” the police officer said.
In his complaint to the Santir Bazar police station, Debnath alleged that Shampa, who had hired the girl to care for her child, would beat and torture the minor.
The girl was discovered with burn injuries at Kanchannagar on July 14. She was rushed to a local hospital in Santir Bazar where she was referred to GBP Hospital in Agartala due to the severity of her injuries. She finally died three days later.
According to the accused’s family, the girl was a resident of Palatana in Gomati District and was in employment under the Nandi’s for about one and half years. They claimed that the she committed suicide because they had terminated her services. They alleged that she had increasingly been spending time outside the house, and was warned several times before being told to pack up.
However, Debnath alleged that his niece was murdered to cover up the physical abuse being mete out to her. Debnath said the couple would often hit the child over petty issues. He also alleged that Shampa had promised to educate her, but didn’t do so.
Shampa’s husband, Prankishore Nandi, a ration-shop dealer, was seen in GBP Hospital when the girl was admitted there, but went missing after she died.
Shampa will be produced in court on July 21, a senior police official said.