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Help allegedly assaulted by employer, Police registers case

New Delhi: Delhi police has registered a case in connection with a complaint by a domestic help that she was allegedly physically assaulted by her employer in north-west Delhi’s Mukherjee Nagar area.

Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson Swati Maliwal.
Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson Swati Maliwal.

The woman, who is currently admitted in RML hospital, was rescued by a placement agency on December 16.

“The woman was rescued from the house of her employer by the placement agency in Mukherjee Nagar on December 16 and was admitted to RML Hospital on December 19.

“In her statement, she has said that her employer had physically assaulted her. We registered a case and are investigating. The employer has been detained and we have raided the placement agency.

“We are trying to ascertain why the placement agency didn’t take her to hospital on December 16 when she had been assaulted and delayed reporting the matter to hospital by three days,” said a senior police officer.

The woman who hails from West Bengal had been working in the house for the last six months, he said.

The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson, Swati Maliwal, visited the domestic worker late last night .

“The girl was brought to Delhi from West Bengal two years ago by a placement agency and was early this year placed in a house in Mukherjee Nagar by another placement agency.

“The girl has been subjected to extreme torture and abuse and is presently bedridden. Her condition was horrifying and she had several marks of abuse and neglect on her body and complained of having been beaten up by iron rods. Her medical condition is critical,” Maliwal said in a statement.

DCW has approached Delhi Government Health Department which has arranged for shifting the girl to a private hospital under the EWS Scheme to ensure proper treatment and care for the girl.

“Hundreds of placement agencies are operating illegally in Delhi and several times act as trafficking agents. The Government should pass a law to regulate them and prescribe punishments for the defaulters. The Labour Department should regularly monitor the placement agencies,” she said.

PTI

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