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‘I’m happier here…I want to study’

The 13-year-old girl, who was rescued by non-governmental organisation Childline from her employees who allegedly molested and beat her and posted videos of the act online, has refused to return to her parents in Gorakhpur.

mumbai Updated: Jun 14, 2010 02:02 IST
Megha Sood

The 13-year-old girl, who was rescued by non-governmental organisation Childline from her employees who allegedly molested and beat her and posted videos of the act online, has refused to return to her parents in Gorakhpur.

The Uttar Pradesh native has told the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) that she is happy living at the Mankhurd Children’s Home.

The CWC, which is handling her case called the girl’s parents but she refused to go with them. “I always wanted to study and here I have started studying again,” the girl said. “I miss my parents but want to pursue my studies.”

The parents sent the girl to Mumbai with a relative, Geeta Pandey, who promised to educate her. However, she was forced to work as domestic help for Pandey’s tenants, who were undergraduate students of a reputed management institute in the suburbs.

The boys posted a video of them and another minor beating and molesting the girl on a video sharing web site.

When a group of other students saw the video they filed a compliant with the DN Nagar police and got the two students arrested.

“I hated the boys. They not just beat me when I refused to do household work but also climbed on my back and tortured me,” the girl said.

Calvin Symond, who was on the Childline team that rescued the girl said she was in a state of shock when they found her.

“When we brought her to the remand home, she was undernourished and traumatised but now she seems happy and has also gained weight.”

The girl’s parents told the committee that Pandey had promised them that she would take care of the girl and get her admitted to a school.

“We did not know she would make our child do household work. We did not know anything about the torture our child was going through,” the girl’s father told the CWC.

Symond said the committee did not hand over the girl to her parents because it feared the couple would send her to work as domestic help again.

“The CWC is reviewing the case and has ordered counselling for the girl,” said Symond. Pandey was granted anticipatory bail while the students were arrested and released on bail later.