After a hue and cry by voluntary organisations, the police brought back the minor girl, who had been handed over to a private placement agency after she was found in a locality here early this month, to Bathinda from Delhi on Sunday.
Deputy superintendent of police (DSP) (city-I) Ranjit Singh Toor said that the girl has been brought to the city for recording her statement. She was accompanied by her uncle and a representative of the placement company.
He said that the police have sought the help of the local civil administration to ascertain if it was a case of bonded labour or not and the sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) is expected to report on this on Monday after which the police will take appropriate action.
On December 4, a 16-year-old girl was found in Sheesh Mahal colony here. The girl had told the police 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.
After workers of a voluntary organisation reported the matter to the police, the police had called the representative of a placement firm to Bathinda and the girl was handed over to him. Voluntary organisation Appu Society, that works for children's rights and some other organizations, had blamed the police for not taking proper action in the case.