Minor handed over to parents; Cong seeks Thapar's removal
A local court on Wednesday handed over the custody of 12-year-old domestic help working in the Ludhiana house of state BJP mahila morcha president Renu Thapar, to her parents. On Friday last, the girl fled from the house, reached Jalandhar and alleged physical torturing by Thapar.punjab Updated: Sep 11, 2013 19:18 IST
A local court on Wednesday handed over the custody of 12-year-old domestic help working in the Ludhiana house of state BJP mahila morcha president Renu Thapar, to her parents.
On Friday last, the girl fled from the house, reached Jalandhar and alleged physical torturing by Thapar.
The girl earlier refused to go with her parents on grounds that they would again hand her to Thapar, acting on which the court sent her to Gandhi Vanita Ashram, a protection home for girls.
Congress councillor Sushil Kumar Rinku, who had provided shelter to stranding girl on Friday night and had been handling her case since then, also stood along with the girl as testimony for handing over the girl to her parents.
HT talked with the girl before her appearance in the court and asked her about intentions to go home. "Yesterday, my parents had met me and I realised my mistake. I am sure that this time my father would not repeat his mistake of handing me over to Thapar again. I wish to go back with my family now and continue with my studies," she said.
The girl revealed before the court that she was working as domestic help at Thapar's house for past over two years at a paltry monthly salary of Rs 600. Renu Thapar used to beat her up frequently for minor mistakes. While she tried to flee twice, her father handed her back to Thapar against her wishes, the girl submitted.
Meanwhile, Congress spokesperson Nimisha Mehta on Wednesday wrote a letter to BJP high command demanding removal of Renu Thapar.
She also asked Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal to intervene in the 12-year old child labour case.
Seeking the removal of Renu Thapar from her post, in her letter to BJP national level leader and leader of the opposition, Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, Mehta said, "The case has brought a shame to alleged accused Renu Thapar and also placed the ideologies of BJP under shroud. We all have often seen you in the parliament raising a voice for protecting the rights of girls and women but this incident has brought out the real face of the BJP".
If no action is taken despite knowing about this incident, people would automatically conclude your stand, she added.
In another letter written to Harsimrat Kaur Badal, MP from Bathinda, Nimisha Mehta raised the question regarding the party's stand on protecting the innocent victims of child abuse, especially girls, in the state.
"Charity begins at home," Mehta said adding that "while SAD MP has always claimed to be ultimate saviour of the girls and women but she has failed miserably".
"The police had failed to file an FIR against Renu Thapar even after 4 days of lodging the complaint, but they have made the condition even worse for the victim by transferring the case to Ludhiana," she said.
"We are surprised why the senior BJP leadership is silent on this sensitive issue," she added.
First Published: Sep 11, 2013 19:13 IST