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‘Abused’ minor, working as help at civil judge’s house in U’khand, rescued

Deepali Sharma, a senior division civil judge, allegedly made the 13-year-old girl to work as domestic help, police said on Tuesday. The girl had 20 wounds on her body.

dehradun Updated: Jan 30, 2018 10:53 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Haridwar
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The 13-year-old girl was made to work as a domestic help at the civil judge’s house.(REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)

An allegedly abused teenage girl was rescued from the residence of a civil judge in Haridwar late on Monday, according to police who conducted a raid.

Deepali Sharma, a senior division civil judge, allegedly made the 13-year-old girl to work as domestic help, police said on Tuesday.

The girl had several wounds on her body when she was rescued by district judge Rajendra Singh, who was accompanied by assistant superintendent of police Rachita Juyal and members of Child Help Line.

A medical report conducted at the district hospital confirmed 20 wounds on the girl’s body, including on her head as well as burns.

Senior superintendent of police, Haridwar, V K Krishan Kumar said action will be taken after district judge submits his report as the matter is related to a judge.

The accused judge Sharma has, meanwhile, refuted allegations that minor was ill treated. She claimed that the teenager was given affection just like “her own child”.

SSP Kumar said that as per directives of the Nainital high court, which had taken cognisance of an anonymous complaint, the district judge had apprised police about the case and a raid was conducted at Sharma’s residence.

Women help line in-charge Kavita Rani said the minor, who hails from Nainital, was staying with the judge for the past four years. She did not divulge further details about the girl’s statement.

Former state women commission chairperson Santosh Chauhan has demanded stern legal action against the judge.

First Published: Jan 30, 2018 10:53 IST