The National Commission for Women, along with a police team, rescued a 13-year-old girl, who worked as a domestic help with a household in Gurgaon, on Friday. Her employers allegedly often beat the girl. She was found with injuries on her face and body.
The girl from Karimganj in Bangladesh was working at the residence of Devok Das and Paromita Das since April this year. The family lives in a house in Kendriya Vihar in Sector-56.
The couple, who have two daughters (4 and 6 years old), were arrested and booked under various sections of Juvenile Act, Bonded Labour Act and numerous Acts of the IPC.
According to the victim, the family tortured her for making small mistakes. She was rescued after some neighbours forwarded a complaint to the women's commission. They went and raided the place with the police and the local branch of the Shakti Bahini.
"We came to know that the accused beat her regularly. When we went to the place on Saturday morning, we found that her eyes were swollen and her fingers were broken. She told us that they regularly burnt her with hot frying pan," said Manju Hembrom, member of the commission.
Devok Das works with an MNC in Gurgaon, while Paromita is the associate director with a firm in Patparganj.
During interrogation, they reportedly confessed that they tortured the girl as a means to fight tensions.
"Paromita told the police that she had long working hours and the work pressure affected her. She said that was the reason behind her torturing the girl," said Hembrom.
The girl has been sent for rehabilitation to Salaam Balak Trust. She will also undergo medical tests. The police are investigating the matter further.