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Housewife booked for branding 13-year-old domestic help with iron

mumbai Updated: Nov 22, 2010 01:20 IST
HT Correspondent

The police is on the lookout for a 38-year-old housewife who allegedly assaulted and branded her 13-year-old domestic help with a hot electric iron on Saturday.

Senior police inspector Ashok Jadhav from Powai police station said the police have booked the accused, Madhurima Manocha her under section 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of child labour laws for employing a 13-year-old (minor) girl.

Manocha, a resident of Raheja Complex in Powai, was upset with the help, Rama Thakur, for accidentally leaving the hot iron unattended as a result of which Manocha's three-year-old daughter, came in contact with it and sustained minor burns, said the Powai police.

When Manocha came to know about this, she allegedly yelled and branded Thakur with the hot iron and assaulted her, added the police.
The police said on Sunday morning she told the victim to leave her house.

When the 13-year-old was standing at the Tunga bus stop at Powai in the morning, some locals from the area saw the girl crying with injury marks on her body.

When they asked her about it she informed them about the incident. She was taken to the Rajawadi hospital for basic medication. The locals then informed the police.

Thakur has sustained injury on her hands and legs. “Our team went to Manocha’s flat. However, the door was locked. We are looking out for her.” He added, “We are not sure if Manocha is employed however her husband works for a reputed financial house.”

An officer from the Powai police talking on condition of anonymity as he is not authorized to talk to the media said, “The victim, a native of Bhopal, was brought to the city by Manocha around four months ago. Thakur, was working as a domestic help at Manocha’s
residence where she also resided.”