Haridwar civil judge suspended for ‘abusing’ teenage girl
The 13-year-old girl, was rescued last week from the judge’s residence with multiple injuries.Updated: Feb 01, 2018 12:15 IST
The Uttarakhand high court has suspended senior division civil judge, Haridwar, Deepali Sharma, for allegedly abusing a teenage girl who was working as a domestic help at her residence.
Based on a report submitted to the court by Haridwar district judge Rajendra Singh over the alleged torture of the 13-year-old girl, chief justice KM Joseph on Wednesday ordered the suspension of Sharma, said a senior official of the high court.
During the suspension period, the judge will be attached to the Tehri court.
The teenage girl had several wounds on her body when she was rescued from Sharma’s home last week by the district judge, who was accompanied by assistant superintendent of police Rachita Juyal and members of Child Help Line.
A medical test conducted on the girl at the district hospital confirmed twenty wounds on the girl’s body, including on her head. She also suffered burn injuries.
The girl, who hails from Nainital, was staying with the judge for the past four years.
The suspended judge allegedly made the girl to work as domestic help, said V K Krishan Kumar, Haridwar senior superintended of police (SSP) on Tuesday, a day after the girl was rescued.
Sharma, however, refuted allegations that the girl was ill-treated. She claimed that the teenager was treated just like “her own child”.
The girl’s father Hemchand Dani said in Haridwar that he had kept his daughter with the judge for her better upbringing. Hemchand, however, failed to explain how the girl sustained multiple wounds.