After the sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) found that it was not a case of bonded labour, the police handed over the girl from Delhi found in a locality here early this month to her uncle.
DSP (City-I) Ranjit Singh said that the SDM (Bathinda) has denied the girl's case being of bonded labour, so the police have handed over the girl to her uncle, who had accompanied her to Bathinda from Delhi.
Meanwhile, activists of the voluntary organisation took out a candlelight procession in the city on Monday evening alleging police negligence in the matter. The protesters blamed that the girl was not ready to go with the representative of the company as was done earlier, but some cops sent the child with him in haste.
On December 4, a 16-year-old girl was found in Sheesh Mahal colony here. The girl child had told that she was working at a house as a maid and a Delhi- based placement firm had sent her here to work.
She had alleged that she was being harassed by the family where she was employed . After workers of a voluntary organisation reported the matter to the police, th epolice had called the representative of the placement firm to Bathinda and the girl was handed over to the firm.
Voluntary organisation Appu society, that works for children's rights and some other organizations, had blamed th epolice for not taking proper action in the case. After this, the girl was brought to Bathinda on Sunday by the police.