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Model accuses domestic help of molestation

india Updated: Apr 28, 2008 03:35 IST
Megha Sood
Megha Sood
Hindustan Times
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A model and small-time actor Sona Bhatia (23) lodged a complaint with the Oshiwara police on Saturday night, alleging that her 21-year-old servant molested her.

Shankar Karam Chowdhary, who had been working for the Bhatias for two years, was arrested on Saturday night.

According to the Oshiwara police, Bhatia lives with her mother and younger brother in a rented house in the Residency Building in Lokhandwala area in Andheri (West).

Bhatia, who has acted in South Indian and Bollywood films, was alone in the house when the incident occurred. Her mother was at a neighbour’s place, the police said.

“The model was sitting in the drawing room, wearing a nightgown. Chowdhary, who was in the kitchen, came to the drawing room for cleaning work. All of a sudden, Chowdhary grabbed her from behind and molested her,” said Police Inspector Dattarey Sankhe.

“Bhatia screamed and managed to free herself. She ran to her bedroom, locked the door and called up her mother,” said Sankhe.

Later on Saturday night, Bhatia and her mother filed a complaint and the police arrested Chowdhary.

“We have arrested Chowdhary on charge of molestation. He was sent to a holiday court on Sunday and was remanded in police custody till Monday,” added Sankhe.

The model said she was shocked by Chowdhary’s action. “I had trusted Chowdhary but he backstabbed me. I had employed him as he was poor. He has betrayed me,” said Bhatia.