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Employer, domestic help held for scuffle over bhindi, paratha in Gurugram

Gurugram police, on Friday, arrested Tina Chhatwal, the employer and former Miss Asia Pacific, and her help under the Preventive Detention (PD) Act.

gurgaon Updated: Jun 16, 2018 09:13 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Gurugram
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Domestic helps protest against the alleged assault on Maya Das (centre) outside Westend Heights on Friday.(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)

There was high drama at Westend Heights, an upscale condominium in DLF-5, on Thursday evening after a 38-year-old dental surgeon allegedly got into a scuffle with her 30-year-old domestic help.

“The employer did not like the Okra (bhindi) and parantha cooked by her domestic help and as she complained about it, an altercation followed. Things soon took an ugly turn, as they started hitting each other,” Anil Kumar, ACP (DLF), said.

Gurugram police, on Friday, arrested Tina Chhatwal, the employer and former Miss Asia Pacific, and her help under the Preventive Detention (PD) Act. Police said they were arrested for creating a ruckus at the condominium. Both had filed complaints against one another and were released on bail later in the day, police said.

Police said once home from work, the help informed her family members of the incident and they lodged a complaint against the employer at Sector 53 police station on Thursday night. They also took Maya Das, the help, to a private hospital after she complained of headache and fell unconscious, police said.

Her employer was also taken to the Civil Hospital by her family members. “Neither of them were admitted as they only suffered minor bruises,” Kumar said.

On Friday morning, over 100 domestic helps working in the condominium and living nearby, staged a protest and blocked the gate of the residential complex , demanding action against the employer. The helps did not allow residents to move in and out of the complex.

The protesting helps threatened to stop reporting for work if the police did not arrest the employer. The residents, wary of a rerun of Noida’s Mahagun Moderne incident in July 2017, alerted the police. Hundreds of domestic helps hurled stones at the Noida complex, ransacked the room of the security guard and tried to force their way into the complex after a domestic help was allegedly confined and assaulted by her employer over suspicions of theft.

A PCR from Sector 53 police and personnel Sushant Lok police station rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control. Both women were picked up under the Preventive Detention Act.“We examined the medical reports of the two women after producing them before the DCP, headquarters. They were granted bail with a warning,” Kumar said.

“Last evening, my help hit me for questioning her on a dish that she cooked. She created a ruckus on the complex in a bid to extort money from me. She had been trying the same trick with my parents for the last two-and-a-half years. She even called some members of a Delhi-based NGO to force me to pay up. As I refused, she staged this whole drama. The matter is in court and justice will prevail,” Chhatwal said.

Das said, “Why would I hit my employer? She is the one who started it all while I was cooking dinner for the family. She pulled my hair and thrashed me.”

Police said a PCR van with five personnel was deployed outside the condominium.

First Published: Jun 16, 2018 09:13 IST