“This is not the first time I was beaten up for resisting to do chores. I do not want to stay in Mumbai…want to go back to my parents,” said the 13-year-old girl in her statement to the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) in Mankhurd on Friday.
The girl, rescued by the Childline team, was physically abused by her employer’s paying guests.
The Childline had on Wednesday received a distress call from the students of Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) in Vile Parle about the girl’s plight.
Calvin Symond, who was among the team from Childline, said that two undergraduates of the institute posted a video of themselves, along with another minor, brutally beating and molesting their landlady’s domestic help on YouTube, the video sharing website.
When other students saw the video, they filed a compliant with the DN Nagar police, and the students were arrested.
The girl was taken to the Chembur children’s home and the police have seized the YouTube garbs and would be sending them for forensic examination.
On Friday, the girl was presented before the CWC who recorded her statement and asked the police to submit her medical report by April 26.
According to Symond, who was present at the court, “When we reached the landlady’s four bungalow flat we saw the girl completely in shock. She was weak and scared to death.”
The girl, a native of Gorakhpur, stayed there with her parents.
A month ago, Geeta Panday, a relative of the girl and landlady of the boys, brought her to Mumbai assuring her parents that she would be taken care of and sent to school. But the landlady made her do household chores.
“Pandy told her paying guests that the girl is their domestic help and if they wanted her to do some work for them, she would. The girl has got bruises on her back that show she was subject to regular assault,” said Symond.
The girl told the judges, “On Tuesday, the boys told me to mop the floor but I resisted so they started beating me. They pulled my hair and kicked me.”
The CWC has sent the girl to the Mankhurd home until they decide who should be handed over her custody. The girl’s parents have been summoned and the CWC has asked a fresh complaint to be filed with Indian Penal Code sections of assault along with the sections of Juvenile Justice Act pertaining to child labour.
A molestation case had also been registered against the boys.