Protest at police station against death of a domestic help from Assam
A large number of domestic helps, mostly from northeastern states, protested at the Sushant Lok police station demanding the arrest of a couple -- residents of Carlton Estate in DLF Phase 5 -- on charges of abetting the suicide of an 18-year-old woman employed at their home.
Ranjitha Brahma, who belonged to the Boro community in Assam, was employed as a domestic help at the apartment of Rohit Mehta, a top executive with a multinational banking company, on March 9. She reportedly jumped from the 11th floor of Tower 4 of the complex around 11pm on March 10, police said. Brahma was rushed to a nearby hospital, but was declared brought dead.
On a complaint by Ashok Narzinari, a person known to the deceased, police booked Rohit Mehta and his wife Sonal Mehta under Section 306 (abetment of suicide) of the IPC
The post-mortem examination report said Brahma died due to multiple injuries, mostly in the head. A member of the medical team said samples have been sent for forensic tests to find whether she was intoxicated or sexually assaulted.
More than hundred domestic helps and workers from northeasters states gathered at the police station on Sunday afternoon and held a protest till evening. They demanded “justice for Ranjitha”.
Gaurav Phogat, SHO, Sushant Lok police station, said police will wait for the forensic report before reaching any conclusion. He said some people protested outside the police station but police will take action on the basis of merit of the case.
“Ranjitha informed her sister-in-law on the evening of March 9 that she did not want to work with the Mehtas and she should be taken back. We talked to the employer and she agreed to relieve her. On March 10, we went to take her back but were not allowed inside the society. We were also not allowed to talk to Ranjitha,” Ashok, the complainant, from West Bengal, said.
Ashok said around 5:30 am on March 11, Ranjitha’s sister-in-law received a call from police that Ranjitha had passes away. Police said she jumped from the building on March 10 around 10:30pm.
“Why did the employers or the police not inform us when the incident happened? It seems a murder which is being passed off as suicide,” Ashok said.